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The Burnaby Arms are the headlining act 

21 March 2013

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The Burnaby Arms in Bedfordshire today unveiled the brand new sound equipment they acquired with their Music Makeover winnings earlier this year. The award scheme is run by PRS for Music the organisation that represents over 95,000 songwriters and composers and licenses 350,000 businesses in the UK for music use, so creators can earn a living.

Music and pubs go hand in hand and research conducted by PRS for Music with pub-data specialists CGA Strategy Ltd. identified a significant positive impact of music on sales of up to £667 on Fridays and Saturdays - vital revenues in this economic climate. Since the beginning of the campaign in August last year, 400 pubs have upgraded their live music offering, taking advantage of the benefits a music licence can bring to their business.

Rob Damiani lead singer of Don Broco said: “We’re thrilled to hear The Burnaby Arms is going to be putting on live music – new talent always needs support in Bedfordshire. We actually came up with our band name over a game of darts at 'The Burn' and they pull a half-decent pint too.”

Joe Stevenson, The Wholls commented: “We are grateful for what pubs like The Burnaby Arms will be doing for music in Bedford. There are not many live music venues around here so the pubs are vital to bleed through new artists.”

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS Chair said: “Pubs play such a vital role in many musicians’ careers and provide an essential platform from which talent can grow. The Burnaby Arms have all the necessary components to provide a genuinely exciting hub for the Bedford community; enthusiasm, dedication and ambition. They are already putting on acoustic nights and by upgrading their premises to offer more to customers and music lovers they can’t really go wrong. They are well deserving winners of Music Makeover 2012 and are great role models for other new licensees around the country.”

Lucie Fuller, landlady, The Burnaby Arms replied: “Winning Music Makeover has enabled us to buy equipment which would have been impossible without the funding provided by PRS for Music. Providing musicians with a venue where they can ‘plug in and play’ means we can attract not only established acts but also those starting out on their musical journey. There is a strong music scene in Bedford and we are really looking forward to establishing ourselves as a ‘must play’ venue in the future.”

Cerys Matthews, singer and songwriter commented: “Open mic nights in pubs and clubs are usually the first port of call when you perform for the very first time. We played our first gig as Catatonia in Clwb Ifor Bach at an open mic night. We then went on to play the Yellow Kangaroo and other local pubs in Cardiff, Swansea and North Wales that welcomed live music. Pubs are the place where future band members meet, strategies are planned, ideas hatched, and the place where the dream begins.”

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.

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