25 November 2016
- Brighton’s Simon Webster Hair win £5,000 from PRS for Music to improve music facilities
- Special award ceremony included live performances from DJ Melody Kane, and Brighton acts Øvre and Lakuta – pictures available now
- PRS for Music giving small businesses a chance to utilise music to its greatest advantage
Brighton-based salon Simon Webster Hair has been crowned the winner of 2016’s Music Makeover Salons competition, netting a £5,000 prize to upgrade their current music offering for staff and customers.
Business owners Simon and Sophie Webster beat more than 300 entrants from around the UK, with the final prize including expert advice from world-renowned producer Steve Levine.
As part of the celebrations, PRS for Music hosted a launch party, with a presentation at the premises and live performances from DJ Melody Kane, local talent Øvre and members of Brighton’s trailblazing Afropunk collective Lakuta at Brighton club Patterns. Renowned local street artist Cassette Lord also appeared, creating live art at the venue. Local businesses Bison Beer and Hell’s Kitchen were on hand to provide food and drinks at the salon. Pictures from the event are available to download now.
PRS for Music launched the annual Music Makeover competition six years ago to showcase and raise awareness of how important music is to local businesses. From the quality of the sound system, to acoustics, volume and playlists, music has a huge impact on both customers and staff.
Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS Chairman and Music Makeover Judge, said: “I really liked Simon and Sophie’s energy and enthusiasm in their salon. What particularly impressed me was that they are incorporating local artists and talent within their music offering. We love that they care about Brighton's wider music community alongside their business. Congratulations to the team.”
Winner Sophie Webster: “We’re over the moon! Thank you so much PRS for Music. Music is such a vital part of the experience we want to create for our customers. It helps them to feel welcome and relaxed, it’s also an important part of our brand. We try hard to work with all the amazing creative industries in Brighton with music at the forefront and we’re so excited to finally be able to have a music system that reflects our passion.”
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.