Starting a Music Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Independent music shops are specialist retailers that supply a range of musical instruments, accessories, sheet music, audio, recording and amplification equipment, CDs and vinyl records. Some music shops specialise in one instrument, for example pianos or guitars, or one type of instrument, for example brass, woodwind or electronic. Others sell instruments of all kinds. Many offer second-hand instruments and instrument repair and maintenance services. Typical customers include professional and amateur musicians, music teachers, pupils and their parents. Music shops increasingly trade online as well as from traditional retail premises.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a music shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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