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a boutique music shop, production studio & tech experience at Bow Market
130 backers pledged $6,852 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi Everyone,

Some of you in the music community may know me as Loman, or Billy - to my close friends and family, I'm Erik. I want to share an exciting new endeavor with you, and invite you to be a part of it.

This all started with the fantasy of having a studio at Bow Market in Somerville. As the idea evolved & developed, it became clear this would be something much more. 

Bow Market, Somerville
Bow Market, Somerville

Union Sound is a boutique music tech shop & production studio located in the heart of Union Square in Somerville.

Union Sound will carry electronic instruments & specialized gear that visitors can test on-site in a fully-functional studio environment. We'll also carry consumer audio products for both casual listeners & avid fans.

Outside of shop hours (Noon to 7pm everyday), musicians & producers will be able to book the studio for their own sessions. We'll also offer music production & beat-making services, audio restoration & cassette duplication, and be the site of events & community programs.

Shop Concept
Shop Concept
Shop Concept
Shop Concept
Studio Example by Output
Studio Example by Output

Union Sound went from a concept to a reality when we secured our Bow Market location - right next door to Vinyl Index, the area's premier record store. 

We've already got our first retail endorsement from Analog Craftsman, and we'll be working closely with The Hip Hop Transformation, a teen program offered by the Cambridge Community Center.

February will be focused on raising startup capital, with our campaign ending on the 28th. March will be spent constructing the space, building inventory, and solidifying strategic partnerships. We hope to be open before Record Store Day on April 13th.

Here's what we'll utilize the Kickstarter funding for:

  • music production equipment
  • interactive sound lounge
  • hands-on testing area
  • soundproofing
  • marketing

I am committed to creating an inclusive environment where all members of our community can feed their passion for music and be inspired to create.

It's been a long journey pursuing this passion for music for over a decade, and it finally feels like it's all been for a reason - Union Sound.

Reward: Union Sound Compilation Tape
Reward: Union Sound Compilation Tape
Reward: Union Sound T-Shirt
Reward: Union Sound T-Shirt

Risks and challenges

Understanding that it may take some time to build an extensive inventory of new equipment, we'll also be offering used & vintage items, and consignment items to keep the shelves full.

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    Union Sound Compilation Tape

    Kickstarter-exclusive cassette tape, digital version will be sent by email, will feature music that you can't hear anywhere else - all made on-site at Union Sound by local artists and producers

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    Union Sound T-Shirt/Tape Bundle

    (1) Kickstarter-exclusive Union Sound T-Shirt and (1) Kickstarter-exclusive Union Sound compilation tape (est. delivery December 2019)

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    Rent the studio for 1 hour, get 1 free

    (2) hours of studio time for the price of one, be one of the first to make beats in our production space

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    gift card can be used on any products/services offered by union sound

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Funding period

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