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Thursday 3rd December 2009


Featuring music boosts takings by 44%

PRS for Music launches new ‘Music Makeover’ Campaign


 PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties for songwriters and composers, today released research into the positive impact of featured music, both live and recorded, on sales in pubs. 

The research, conducted with pub-data specialists CGA, is released as PRS for Music launches its ‘Music Makeover’ campaign in partnership with the Musicians’ Union and the British Beer and Pub Association. The campaign aims to keep music and pubs at the heart of community life – helping pubs understand how to introduce music and maximise the business benefits.

Highlights of the research include:

  • Pubs with featured music take on average 44% more money than pubs without, rising to 60% on weekends (Fri/Sat)
  • Music pubs have higher takings every day of the week
  • 80% of pub managers said they felt music would help them survive the recession  
  • Live music is the greatest draw: 24% of publicans reported increases in takings of 25%-50% on nights when they have music (compared to other nights); and 71% reporting an increase of 10-25%.  
  • Pubs with featured music are 3 times more likely to stay open

Full details of the research and campaign is at www.prsformusic.com/musicmakeover


Music Makeover Campaign

In recognition of the central role played by pubs in promoting live music and to demonstrate the way that music can help pubs grow and maintain their business, PRS for Music have launched a competition to find two local pubs in need of a ‘Music Makeover’.

PRS for Music will be spending up to £5000 on each pub, as well as giving them all the advice they need, including expert help from the Musicians’ Union and successful music pubs around the country.  45,000 pubs nationwide will be sent advice packs from PRS for Music in 2010 with an invite to follow the story of the Music Makeover pubs online.

Pubs will be selected by a judging panel including UK Music CEO Feargal Sharkey. 


Debbie Mulloy, Commercial Director, Public Performance Sales, PRS for Music said
“Music helps businesses grow and keeps customers coming back, even in a downturn. We want to make sure the pub industry is getting all the benefit it can from using music, because grassroots venues like pubs and clubs are vital to the music industry.  We need to work together to protect the future of British music and British pubs.  Through our Music Makeover campaign, we want to help pubs up and down the country stage successful music nights and showcase local talent.”

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive said
“We’re very proud of the vital role pubs play in fostering live music, and bringing people together to enjoy it.  Trading conditions for pubs are very tough, and it’s clear from this research that music is one of the most positive ways for pubs to keep customers coming through the doors.  We are happy to be working with PRS for Music and the Musicians’ Union to promote music in pubs.”


Horace Trubridge of the Musicians’ Union said
“Pubs play such a vital role in many musicians’ careers and provide an essential platform from which talent can grow.   Demonstrating how music can really benefit pubs underlines how intertwined the two industries are.  We need to protect and support the pub sector and the live music scene as they are both such an integral part of the UK cultural scene.” 



Pub Closure Information (Source BBPA):

  • Pub closures up to 52 a week – more than seven a day
  • 24,000 jobs lost in the last year
  • 2,377 pubs close in last 12 months
  • Government loses over £254 million in tax in last 12 months due to pubs closing

For more information, get in touch:

Barney Hooper, Head of PR:
02073064548 / 07979 757052

PRS for Music:
PRS for Music is the leading copyright and royalty collection society representing 60,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.  A not-for-profit organisation it ensures music creators are paid whenever their music is played.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups easy access to 10m songs through its music licences.  In an industry worth £3.18bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and can provide data for all aspects of the business: live, broadcast, sales, online, touring and music creation and up to date analysis, research and trends about the industry.

British Beer & Pub Association

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector.  Its members account for 98% of the beer brewed in the UK and own nearly two thirds of Britain’s 54,000 pubs.


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