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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

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Several things have come to mind as I’ve read our panelists’ postings so far: how hard each of them has worked, how diverse their projects are, and how single-minded they’ve each had to be. Ray and Angela pointed out that musicians are often good at several things. Chuck and Robert responded to specific “needs” and

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Chuck Seipp

Yvonne: I’ve seen your publications, Chuck, and I think what you’ve done is a great example of seeing what needs to be done and then doing it. I know you exhibit your publications several times a year…can you talk about that a little bit? Readers might not think of that aspect. Chuck: Just responding to

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Douglas Richard

Yvonne: I took the liberty today of passing along to Marcia Farabee your kind comments about her. She told me that you have customized Finale — can you give us some details about that? Maybe it’s because I don’t use it on a daily basis, but I find it to be a bit slow and

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Kate OBrien

Yvonne: I think there’s a key sentence in there, Kate: “having a good head for business and being extremely well organized”…can you give us some details about those? (singing in the car is a good example of using every second of your time…) Do you have to file complicated tax forms? Any suggestions for juggling

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Robert DiLutis

Yvonne: Do you have any engineers in your family? Did you take “shop” classes in middle or high school? I have trouble talking to a car mechanic, I’m not sure I’d have known how to talk to the folks at a machine shop…any advice? Robert: Yes, I did have wood and metal shop in middle

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Claire Chase

Yvonne: Bravo, bravo, Claire! What an inspiring post! My question is for you and for Bridget — can you please tell us in detail HOW you went from the first $605 concert to being a group that knew it would have a season the following year? I think that’s the hard part. Claire: Slow and

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Angela Myles Beeching

Yvonne: I love your story about how you got into career services at NEC. Are there other schools that you think are doing a good job in this area as well? (besides Eastman….which hosts Polyphonic!!) Thanks for pointing out that the old stereotypical musician is SO old school. The generation that is entering the music

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

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I want to vamp just a little bit on what Angela said in her first post, “Musicians often get hung up on the word “entrepreneurship” because it may seem (to some folks) antithetical to the arts.” I’ve observed this too. I think that some “artists” often confuse entrepreneurship with self-promotion, or they equate it with

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

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I posed a question to each panelist about their Day 1 post. (We’ve repeated them here for each panelist, so you don’t have to switch back and forth between Day 1 and Day 2.) Here are their answers:

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Chuck Seipp

Things often go in different directions in one’s life by events that drive them in these directions. Shortly after accepting a job as trumpet player with The United States Army Band, I formed a brass quintet for fun, performing concerts in the Washington, DC area. After a few years of investing in music which was

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Douglas Richard

When I was starting out in college, I figured that I would grow up to be the world’s greatest Band Director. Marching Band was great, I loved to listen to music, and those people in church always seemed so-o-o-o friendly after I played…yeah - you guessed it: I was clueless. In my junior year of

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Kate OBrien

How I became an entrepreneur and put together what is amazingly a full-time music career! I was very talented and loved playing, but my parents said I did not practice enough and I would not become a major violin soloist. So I went to a liberal arts college, studied biology, played in the college orchestra,

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Bridget McDaniel

I founded Tales & Scales in 1986 with a handful of fellow orchestra musicians (Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana - my first flute job out of university) because I was unimpressed with how orchestras and chamber musicians were dealing with programming for young people. Generally the programming at the time did not seem to respect

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Robert DiLutis

My name is Robert DiLutis and I am the owner of The Reed Machine, as well as a clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and a teacher at the Eastman School of Music. I began my involvement in reed making back when I was in middle school, making hand-made clarinet reeds. Over the course of the

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Claire Chase

We’re living and making music in a very, very exciting time right now, a time in which the marriage of entrepreneurship with a career in the arts is becoming not a strategy but a way of life for my generation of young musicians. I feel fortunate to be a part of this movement, to be

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Angela Myles Beeching

I’m approaching music entrepreneurship from the vantage point of a music career advisor. My day job is working with music students and alumni on advancing their careers, and this often involves entrepreneurial projects, so I’m happy to be part of this discussion! My background is as a cellist — I studied at Boston University, New

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

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What is Entrepreneurship and Why Should We Care? For the next few weeks we will be talking about entrepreneurship here on Polyphonic. I’ve noticed that the word “entrepreneur” is seen in print and heard in conversations more and more lately. I just googled it, (that word seems to be a verb now-a-days), and found nearly

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Entrepreneurs in Music — and Don’t Forget about Mozart!

0 Ann Drinan

Yvonne Caruthers and I are co-moderating this discussion about musicians as entrepreneurs, and we want to let you know the sort of entrepreneurial things we do, when we’re not playing our instruments in our respective orchestras. Editor in Chief Ray Ricker has written an excellent overview of the topic, so we’ll let him introduce the

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Driving for Dollars

0 Christine Coyle

To end I just wanted to make a few comments on some other topics and thank you for asking me to participate. I belong to 4 locals but I don’t mind the structure as each local has such individualized issues. They understand on a local level what our needs are. It is expensive, but we

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Driving for Dollars

0 Marjorie Goldberg

I got married on September 17, 2019. My sister got married one year before me on September 18. Why? Because all the regional orchestras around here usually start their seasons in late September or early October. My family and non-musician friends are used to consulting me about my schedule when they are planning events and

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