Motown. Detroit Rock City. . Detroit runs deep with its high standard of music and BackBeat is your central source of quality equipment.
If you're a Detroit musician, you've no doubt found yourself having to leave the city, known for its rich musical heritage, just to buy basic musical accessories. It is past due that Detroiters have access to a consistent, knowledgable source of musical equipment within Detroit, the city that continues to inspire their musical production. BackBeat Detroit is a "convenience store" for musicians to be located Downtown Detroit or in an adjacent central neighborhood. BackBeat hopes to pop-up for the first time in Spring of 2014. Supporting BackBeat are three central pillars: retail, consignment and repair. + Retail + BackBeat will specialize in a wide variety of frequently purchased accessories and small pieces of equipment. Also available, in addition to well-known international brands, will be locally-manufactured instruments to give your music even more of that Detroit soul. + Consignment + For 20% of the final sale price, BackBeat will display your instrument for sale in a highly visible Detroit storefront. This program will help buyers and sellers avoid the anonymity of online and print classifieds, and give buyers all the time they need to test out the consigned equipment and make a comfortable, calculated purchase. + Repair + While big box music stores will charge you just to look at your instrument and send your equipment to an off-site repair center, BackBeat will only charge for parts and labor and will have on-site repair staff who will update you as often as you need. Because BackBeat aspires to appeal to musicians of all experiences and varieties, we strongly encourage you to reach out to BackBeat before or during our first pop-up and let us know what we would need to carry for us to be your indispensable resource. Keep playing and we hope to see you soon.
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It has been a long damn time since we've posted anything here. Some of you may even be wondering whether or not we're still planning on opening. Let us take this opportunity to tell you that Backbeat Detroit is still very much a reality and plenty of exciting things have happened since our last post in January, including: - Negotiations and meetings with KMC, the largest equipment distributor in the world and other manufacturers - The forging of a partnership with one of Detroit's newest and most exciting music-related entities - Initial-stage planning of an eCommerce site to supplement the impending brick-and-mortar shop - An apprenticeship at and partnership with one of Metro Detroit's most iconic music equipment shops - Plans to attend Summer NAMM to identify and negotiate with more brands to make the shop a hub of both reliability and discovery So stay tuned -- exciting announcements and great things on the horizon.
Backbeat Detroit is officially a member of the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM)! Next we head to California in January to bring the world of music equipment retail to Detroit!
After two years of planning and scheming with business development professionals and local musicians, Backbeat Detroit is on its way to becoming Detroit's ONLY retail source of music equipment. To start, BackBeat wants to thank Detroit SOUP, TechTown and D:hive for their immense amount of support thus far. BackBeat Detroit is working on plans to open its first pop-up in Spring of 2014. Please spread the word to local musicians, bars, venues, schools, universities so that BackBeat can hit the ground running with the help of a hungry group of patrons. Stay tuned for updates and more information. We look forward to serving Detroit musicians for the long haul.