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14.02.2017 - Live chat - Get your questions about PRS, royalties and rights answered
Daniel Jones, PRS for Music's Education & Outreach Manager for the North of England, took part in a live chat with The Unsigned Guide to answer questions about PRS for Music, MCPS and more.

10.02.2017 - Billboard: St. Vincent Confirmed as Record Store Day Ambassador for 2017
St. Vincent is this year's Record Store Day Ambassador, joining an esteemed list of former diplomats including Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Iggy Pop as the celebrity face of the annual holiday feting independent record stores.

08.02.2017 - Music Ally: 30 music startups worth watching in 2017
Music Ally has compiled a mini-report about 30 of the music and music-related startups that we think are worth watching in 2017 (and hopefully beyond).

07.02.2017 - Music Ally: PPL and PRS for Music release new figures for 2016
UK collecting societies PPL and PRS for Music have published some new figures from 2016. PPL said that its international collections rose 34% to £49.1m last year, as it collected revenue for its members from 33 countries. 

06.02.2017 - Rhinegold: Southbank Sinfonia announces #ConcertLab performances
The Southbank Sinfonia is to explore different aspects of concert presentation in its #ConcertLab performances.

31.01.2017 - UK Brands jump straight into 'The Moment' with Spotify
Spotify for Brands UK has announced the brands that are sponsoring their 'Branded Moments' playlists.

26.01.2017 - Madness to honour Camden Pub where it all began
Camden's Dublin Castle Pub will be given a prestigious award today - by iconic band Madness.

29.11.2016 - Independent Venue Week is back for 2017
Independent Venue Week is back for its fourth consecutive year, taking place between Monday 23 - Sunday 29 January, 2017.

18.11.2016 - It's all about the music
Simon Webster Hair launches client-interactive music system in collaboration with PRS for Music.

04.11.2016 - Why music matters in retail
All Saints founder and PRS for Music's Music Makeover ambassador, Stuart Trevor, talks about the vital relationship between music and retail.

04.11.2016 - Sadiq Khan announces London's first Night Czar
The first London Night Czar has just been appointed. Amy Lamé is tasked with turning the capital into a thriving 24-hour city.

10.10.2016 - The applications have opened for round 8 of the Music Growth Export Scheme
The Music Growth Export Scheme has reopened and is offering small to medium sized businesses between £5000 and £50,000 to help promote UK acts overseas.

21.09.2016 - Small Business Saturday tour is coming to Bournemouth
Small Business Saturday UK – whose theme will be Small Business, Big Difference – will start its promotional bus tour in Aberdeen and finish in Bournemouth.

19.09.2016 - Hey Big Spender
You might not even notice it while you're perusing the rails for a new outfit, but research shows that music is fast becoming the retail industry's secret weapon.

12.09.2016 - Business Daily: Swansea housebuilder recognised for contribution to small business
A director of a family run property development and house building company from Swansea has been recognised by a nationwide small business campaign for the contribution he has made to his local small business community.

02.09.2016 - Teachwire: Have you got your licence?
UK music licensing bodies PPL and PRS for Music have joined forces in a commitment to provide simple and efficient music licensing for early years settings.

01.09.2016 - Scottish Licensed Trade News: Keep in tune with your customers
Music is an important part of the on-trade entertainment mix. In-home entertainment continues to develop at a rate of knots; couple that with the cheaper alcohol and ‘dine in for a tenner’ deals found in most supermarkets and it’s easy to see why operators are having to work harder then ever to attract consumers into the trade.

31.08.2016 - Scotland B2B: Music society to host Small Business Saturday workshop
PRS for Music, a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers, is set to host a workshop in Edinburgh this September as part of Small Business Saturday. The society, which represents the rights of more than 118,000 members, will welcome key local business owners to its Inspire event to discuss the impact of music in their business.

31.08.2016 - Scottish Business News Network: Inverness pub fights Tooth and Claw to win UK-wide music competition
Owners of local Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw, James Carr and Paulina Matuszak, have been crowned winners of the PRS for Music national Music Makeover competition, taking home a £10,000 prize to revamp their pub into a live music haven for the region.

31.08.2016 - Stand Out Magazine: PRS for Music to partner with music festival
PRS for Music, the organisation that ensures musicians’ rights, has partnered with Festival No.6 this year, presenting the Lost in the Woods stage and an exclusive panel celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk.

31.08.2016 - BBC 6 Music: LISTEN: Festival No.6 partners with PRS for Music
Producer Steve Levine speaks to BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales about this weekend's Festival No.6, where PRS for Music will host the Lost In The Woods stage and an exclusive panel on 40 years of punk, featuring Steve in conversation with Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik). (listen from 44.05)

30.08.2016 - M Magazine: Listening to music helps work teams collaborate, says study
Listening to music while at work can help improve team or department cooperation, a new study has revealed. American researchers at the University of Cornwell conducted a number of tests with participants to assess the impact of music on their willingness to contribute to their team.

29.08.2016 - The Press and Journal: Inverness pub wins £10,000 makeover to become live music venue
The owners of an Inverness pub have won a £10,000 prize to revamp their venue into a live music haven for the region. The Tooth & Claw, owned by James Carr and Paulina Matuszak, beat off hundreds of bars across the UK to scoop PRS for Music’s national Music Makeover competition.

26.08.2016 - M Magazine: PRS for Music announces Music Makeover winners
Owners of Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw, James Carr and Paulina Matuszak, have been crowned winners of PRS for Music’s Music Makeover competition winning a £10,000 prize.

26.08.2016 - Music Week: Inverness Pub wins PRS for Music's Music Makeover contest
Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw has been crowned the winner of PRS for Music's Music Makeover competition.

26.08.2016 - Global Music Community: PRS for Music announces Music Makeover winners
Owners of Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw, James Carr and Paulina Matuszak, have been crowned winners of PRS for Music’s Music Makeover competition winning a £10,000 prize.

26.08.2016 - Inverness Gigs: Tooth and Claw Reveal Update
Thursday saw the official launch of the newly renovated music venue at The Tooth & Claw. The changes to the venue formerly known as Upstairs at The Eagle were made possible thanks to the Tooth & Claw becoming the winners of the PRS for Music’s Music Makeover competition winning a £10,000 prize.

26.08.2016 - What's On Highlands: Tooth & Claw crowned winners of Music Makeover and picks up £10,000 prize
Owners of local Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw in Baron Taylors Street, James Carr and Paulina Matuszak, have been crowned winners of the PRS for Music national Music Makeover competition, taking home a £10,000 prize to revamp their pub into a live music haven for the region.

24.08.2016 - Access All Areas: PRS for Music partners with Festival No.6
PRS for Music will join Festival No.6 in celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk on 1-4 September with an exclusive panel during the festival.

24.08.2016 - Evening Standard: London City Airport plays Adele and Ed Sheeran to calm passengers down in security queues
Grammy award winner Ed Sheeran has so far proved the most popular after the new relaxing playlists were introduced. London City is now the first airport in the country to play ambient electronica and upbeat acoustic music in security areas where there could be long queues, The Times reported. Featured artists also include Ben Howard and Jason Mraz.

17.08.2016 - Salon NV: Brighton's Simon Webster Hair crowned PRS for Music's Music Makeover winners beating 300 salons across the UK
PRS for Music, the membership organisation that represents the rights of 118,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers, established the Music Makeover campaign to showcase and raise awareness of how good music can impact businesses. The quality of the sound system itself, the acoustics, music choice, and volume all impact both your customers' and staff's experience.

16.08.2016 - Music Week: PRS for Music partners with Festival No.6 to celebrate 40 years of punk
PRS for Music is partnering with Festival No.6 to present the event’s Lost in the Woods stage, as well as a panel session celebrating 40 years of punk.

16.08.2016 - M Magazine: PRS for Music to host Lost In The Woods at Festival No.6
Melt Yourself Down, Beach Baby and Fickle Friends are among the PRS for Music members lining up for the collecting society’s Lost in the Woods stage at Festival No.6.

13.08.2016 - Business Daily: Small Business Saturday names 2016 ‘Small Biz 100’
Small Business Saturday, the campaign that culminates in the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 3rd, has named among the 100 small businesses from diverse sectors and all parts of the UK to be featured one per day by the campaign for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.

01.08.2016 - Cosmetics Business: What is the law on playing music in-store?
Music can help set a unique ambience in-store but retailers should take note of the law, says Sarah Mitchell, Head of Public Performance at licensor PPL.

26.07.2016 - M Magazine: Interview: Tony James (Festival Number 6)
PRS for Music will present Tony James live in conversation with lauded producer and engineer Steve Levine (Boy George, Beach Boys, The Clash) at Festival No.6 on 3 September.

22.07.2016 - HJi: PRS for Music name Music Makeover competition winner
PRS for Music has announced Simon Webster Hair in Brighton as the winner of 2016’s Music Makeover Salons competition – the competition which offers hair and beauty salon owners across the UK the chance to improve their music facilities.

19.07.2016 - Music Week: Arts Council England ploughs £1m into Momentum Music Fund
Arts Council England has confirmed a further £1 million of support for the Momentum Music Fund delivered by PRS For Music Foundation, enabling the scheme to continue for another two years.

18.07.2016 - Harrogate Advertiser: Harrogate bar is shortlisted for top UK award in London
One of Harrogate's best-loved bars is in the running in London for a top UK prize. Famed for its laidback atmosphere, live music, wooden floorboards and real ales, the Blues Bar has been shortlisted in the final of the Great British Pub of the Year awards.

18.07.2016 - DIY Magazine: Years & Years discuss PRS for Music Foundation's Momentum Fund
After receiving funding in 2014, the trio open up about the huge difference that it made during their early career.

17.07.2016 - BBC: The new trick to get you spending more
At Harvey Nichols' flagship store in Knightsbridge, London, staff have noticed a new and unusual behaviour pattern among shoppers.

15.07.2016 - Estetica Magazine: £5K bonus for Brighton's Simon Webster
PRS for Music is delighted to announce Simon Webster Hair in Brighton as the winner of 2016’s Music Makeover Salons competition. The competition offers hair and beauty salon owners across the UK the chance to improve their music facilities.

15.07.2016 - M Magazine: PRS for Music opens Music Makeover competition for restaurants
PRS for Music is offering restaurants the chance to win £5,000 worth of music equipment plus a launch event featuring performances from its songwriter members.

14.07.2016 - Music News: ‘PRS for Music Presents’ is back for its Summer Party edition
PRS for Music, the collecting society that represents 118,000 songwriters, composers and publishers will be opening its doors on July 22, for its ‘PRS for Music Presents’ Summer Party gig.

12.07.2016 - Drapers: Fashion indies given a 'music makeover'
Copyright organisation and licence-holder PRS for Music has launched a competition for independent fashion retailers, celebrating the use of music in stores.

08.07.2016 - Music Week: Stars back unsigned songwriter contest and help raise money for charity
An assortment of pop stars have backed a new unsigned songwriter competition aimed at uncovering the best new British talent and raising money for the Stand Up to Cancer and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charities.

07.07.2016 - MI-PRO: Yamaha partners with UK's first-ever live national songwriting competition
Yamaha’s Pro Music Division is partnering with the UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year 2016 live event. The competition is the first-ever live national songwriting competition and aims to find the best unsigned writer in the UK, and also raise £50,000 for charity.

06.07.2016 - M Magazine: UK's hottest live music cities revealed
Manchester has the biggest live music scene outside London, according to a new study ranking towns and cities across the UK.

29.06.2016 - PRS for Music: Interview with Stuart Trevor
We speak to Stuart Trevor, the founder of All Saints and Bolongaro Trevor, about the importance of music in retail stores and the fashion industry.

23.06.2016 - The Huffington Post: Music and Marketing: Why Brands Need Bands
When marketers think of content, they forget how influential music can be among audiences. For millennials, Macala Wright argues; music is an emotional touchpoint, music incites social action, live music experiences forge lasting bonds.

21.06.2016 - Daily Mail Online: Music 'changes the taste of beer': High-pitched tunes found to turn drinks sour while deep bass sounds make beer bitter
Beer too bitter or wine too sweet - it may be the music you are listening too. Scientist have found that soundtracks can influence how drinks and food taste, and even alter alcoholic strength. And it proves that when Heston Bulmenthal cooked up his ground breaking Sound of the Sea dish he had the right idea.

07.06.2016 - Big Hospitality: What you need to know about playing music in your hospitality business
Music has the ability to create an atmosphere that can contribute to a fun and enjoyable experience in your restaurant, hotel or pub, but before you hit the play button, follow this checklist from Sarah Mitchell at PPL to ensure you're going about it the right way.

01.06.2016 - Business Daily: Applications open for 'Small Biz 100' 2016
Applications have opened for small business owners interested in being part of this year’s Small Biz 100, the companies around the UK that will be at the forefront of this year’s Small Business Saturday campaign.

27.05.2016 - The Telegraph: Music before surgery means patients need less sedation, study finds
Soothing music before surgery helps patients relax and need less sedation, a study found. Just a quarter of an hour of jazz, classical and piano music before an eye operation was enough to reduce anxiety about the surgery carried out while the patient is awake.

27.05.2016 - Womenswear Buyer: Music makeover for fashion stores
PRS for Music is giving fashion stores the chance to win £5000 worth of music equipment, plus invaluable guidance from music experts as part of its Music Makeover competition. Launched in 2011, initially for the pub sector to promote the importance of music in business, the competition is now being extended to fashion stores.

25.05.2016 - Retail Focus: PRS for Music launches competition for a fashion store to win a £5,000 Music Makeover
PRS for Music has launched a new arm of its Music Makeover competition aimed at fashion retailers, offering the winning store a £5,000 Music Makeover. Launched in 2010, PRS for Music’s Music Makeover competition was originally aimed at pubs followed by salons but for 2016, it is introducing fashion retailers to the mix.

23.05.2016 - Bar Magazine: Inverness bar wins PRS for Music's 2016 Music Makeover
Lee Gripton from The Tooth & Claw in Inverness has been announced as winner of this year’s Music Makeover competition run by PRS for Music.

21.05.2016 - Music Week: Festival No.6 announces Lost in the Woods line-up
Festival No.6 – the exhilarating finale of the UK’s summer festival season - has announced the acts for its much anticipated Lost in the Woods live stage. Partnered this year with PRS for Music, the Lost in the Woods stage presents its best and most diverse bill yet with performances from across the musical spectrum.

20.05.2016 - BBPA: PRS for Music crowns Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw as 2016 Music Makeover Pubs winner
The BBPA has congratulated the Tooth & Claw pub in Inverness, which has been crowned PRS for Music’s ‘2016 Music Makeover Pubs winner’.

19.05.2016 - PRS for Music: Music Makeover Pubs 2016 winners announced
PRS for Music crowns The Tooth & Claw from Inverness as its Music Makeover Pubs 2016 winner.

18.05.2016 - BBC 6 Music: LISTEN: Festival No.6 partners with PRS for Music
The PRS for Music partnership with Festival No. 6 and Lost in the Woods stage line-up was exclusively announced this morning on BBC 6 Music, where they interviewed PRS Foundation funded Melt Yourself Down. (listen from 45.31 –  47.02)

18.05.2016 - M Magazine: PRS for Music partners with Festival No.6
Festival No.6 has partnered with PRS for Music to present Melt Yourself Down, Fickle Friends and Get Inuit on its Lost in the Woods stage.

16.05.2016 - PRS for Music: Music Makeover Fashion 2016 now open for entries
For the first time ever, PRS for Music are giving your fashion store the chance to win £5,000 worth of music equipment, plus invaluable guidance from music experts and an exclusive launch event featuring performances from PRS for Music members.

06.05.2016 - PRS for Music: PRS reports record figures for 2015 with continued revenue growth for members
The Performing Right Society (PRS), the organisation that represents over 118,000 music creators in the UK and two million worldwide, today announced its 2015 financial results, revealing a record high royalty income of £537.4m.

04.05.2016 - M Magazine: UK Unsigned Songwriter competition opens
Calling all unsigned songwriters: the Songwriting Academy has teamed up with Nordoff Robbins and Caffe Nero to launch a national search for Britain’s best new talent.

29.04.2016 - Belfast Telegraph: PRS for Music will be holding their first Belfast PRS Presents event on Thursday night
They brought a special workshop to Belfast’s Oh Yeah Music Centre, hosted by Small Business Saturday, to promote the importance of live music in today’s society.

25.04.2016 - PRS for Music Foundation: Latest artists receiving the second edition of #FlashFunding announced
Huge congratulations to the four artists being supported for this second edition of Flash Funding. The artists are April Towers, False Advertising, Flight Brigade and John Joseph Brill.

22.04.2016 - Business Daily: Small Business Saturday names the day for 2016
Small Business Saturday – the nationwide campaign to support and promote the UK’s five million small businesses – will be celebrated this year on Saturday December 3rd, supported by PRS for Music.

20.04.2016 - Culture Hub: PRS for Music Presents live music in Belfast
PRS for Music Presents live music featuring Jealous Of The Birds, The Clameens and Katharine Philippa.

15.04.2016 - M Magazine: Interview - Pablo Ettinger
Pablo Ettinger is co-founder of the Caffè Nero coffee house chain, a business credited with helping launch the musical careers of Passenger and Jack Savoretti.

09.04.2016 - Club Review: PRS for Music to visit Belfast
PRS for Music knows the value of music to business and has been providing music licences to businesses that play music for customers, employees or both for more than 100 years.

25.03.2016 - Professional Beauty: PRS for Music launches Music Makeover competition for salons
Following on from its successful launch last year, PRS for Music is proud to announce its Music Makeover competition for salons, with the winning prize of a £5,000 makeover.

19.03.2016 - Bar Magazine: £10,000 Music Makeover for your bar up for grabs
Reap the rewards of live music in your venue with PRS for Music's new-look competition

04.03.2016 - Retail Week: How to use music to enhance your brand
Retail Week, in partnership with PRS for Music, called on the experts to find out how retailers can use music to great effect in their business.

01.03.2016 - PRS for Music: Music Makeover Salons 2016 now open for entries
For the second year running, PRS for Music are giving your salon the chance to win £5,000 worth of music equipment, plus invaluable guidance from music experts and an exclusive launch event featuring performances from PRS for Music members.

01.03.2016 - Vitality: PRS for Music launches Music Makeover competition for salons
Following on from its successful launch last year, PRS for Music is proud to announce its Music Makeover competition for salons with the winning prize of a £5,000 makeover.

25.02.2016 - New Business: The Sound of Music - In Your Business
PRS for Music asked Rob Wood, creative director of bespoke music consultancy service Music Concierge who have worked with brands such as Mulberry and Harvey Nichols, to share some tips on how to make your music work harder for your business.

18.02.2016 - M Magazine: Help protect grassroots venues
The Music Venue Trust is calling on artists, the music industry and the general public to complete a survey to help save grassroots venues.

02.02.2016 - Billboard: British Collection Societies Plan Joint Company to Ease the Licensing Process
British collecting societies PPL and PRS for Music plan to establish a new joint venture company that will become a single point of contact for U.K. businesses wishing to obtain a license to play music in public.

02.02.2016 - Retail Week: Music Matters
The store and website look great, but how do they sound? Retailers are operating in an age where the competitive edge demands a multisensory shopping experience, and nothing makes a lasting impression quite like music.

27.01.2016 - Independent Venue Week: Meet the Partner: PRS for Music
Meet the Partner: PRS for Music with Paul Sims (Head of Marketing)

26.01.2016 - PMA: Hit the right note with PRS
PRS for Music launches Music Makeover 2016 competition - the top prize is £10,000 to transform your pub into a live music venue and host an exclusive event.

20.01.2016 - Inapub: PRS for Music relaunches Music Makeover competition
PRS for Music's Music Makeover competition launched in 2010 with the specific aim of helping pubs with their live music offer.

19.01.2016 - Womenswear Buyer: Sound advice
WWB has enlisted the knowledge of two experts who explain why music is so crucial in business and give top tips on how to maximise the effect of sound in-store.

05.01.2016 - Inapub: Music Makeover 2016 now open
Inapub has teamed-up with PRS for Music on its relaunched Music Makeover competition to give you the chance to win £10,000.

21.12.2015 - Big Hospitality: Nick Chambers interview
Nick Chambers of PlayNetwork, a provider of entertainment media for businesses, looks at how choosing the right music for your hotel, restaurant or pub, can benefit your business.

16.12.2015 - New Business: Paul Clements interview
New Business magazine discusses with PRS for Music's Commercial Director Paul Clements why music is so vital for any business.

24.11.2015 - PRS for Music: Independent Venue Week launches plans for 2016
Now in its third year, Independent Venue Week is back in January 2016 with a week-long series of gigs all around the UK.

20.11.2015 - PRS for Music: PRS for Music to host pop-up live performances in Hounslow, Balham and Brighton
PRS for Music will be continuing their partnership with Small Business Saturday by taking part in their Bus Tour around the UK, bringing pop-up live music performances to the streets of London and Brighton.

19.11.2015 - Music News: PRS for Music bringing pop-up live music around the UK
PRS for Music will be continuing their partnership with Small Business Saturday by taking part in their Bus Tour around the UK, bringing pop-up live music performances to the streets of London and Brighton.

29.10.2015 - Business Daily: Small businesses learn how to benefit from music
Small business owners from around the UK were given a guide into how music could benefit their businesses at a round table event hosted by PRS for Music and PPL

27.09.2015 - The Gazette: Hickory Inn holds a night to remember in Halberton as winners of £10,000 prize
The Barge, which is soon to be transformed into the Hickory Inn beat 175 pubs from all over the country to be crowned winners of the PRS for Music 2015 Music Makeover.

25.09.2015 - The Best of Exeter: PRS for Music puts live music back into Devon pub
With the latest sound technology, music equipment and expert advice from sound engineer Liam St Ledger, landlord and lady of The Hickory unveiled their sound system makeover to the Tiverton community at an invite-only launch party last night.

31.08.2015 - Derby Telegraph: £10k grant helps Derby musicians rehearse at the Maypole Inn
A Derby pub has won a £10,000 grant to help musicians in the city by giving them a rehearsal room and the use of equipment.

30.07.2015 - Music Week: Music Makeover competition winners revealed
PRS for Music has announced the winners of its annual Music Makeover contest, which offers UK pub operators the chance to win a music makeover worth £10,000.

29.07.2015 - M Magazine: PRS for Music's Music Makeover winners announced
Adam Dakin of the Maypole Inn, Derby and Edward Sproat of the Hickory Inn in Halberton, Devon are the winners of PRS for Music’s Music Makeover competition 2015.

27.07.2015 - PRS for Music: Music Makeover competition winners are announced
Adam Dakin of the Maypole Inn, Derby and Edward Sproat of the Hickory Inn (formally known as The Barge) in Halberton, Devon announced as the winners of this year’s Music Makeover competition.

17.07.2015 - Daily Post: WATCH: Côr Glanaethwy sing at Caernarfon Castle
The Britain’s Got Talent finalists were at Caernarfon Castle to sing at an invite-only party to celebrate a Caernarfon beauty salon winning a national competition.

16.07.2015 - S4C: WATCH: Sound Makeover 2015 launch party at Caernarfon Castle
The S4C team report live from Caernarfon Castle as PRS for Music's Sound Makeover launch event takes place to celebrate winners, One.a Salon.

10.07.2015 - M Magazine: PRS for Music to celebrate Sound Makeover in North Wales
Côr Glanaethwy, Britain’s Got Talent finalists, will perform at an event to celebrate the first PRS for Music Sound Makeover.

09.07.2015 - PRS for Music: Sound Makeover launch event to take place at Caernarfon Castle
PRS for Music is delighted to announce that Côr Glanaethwy is to perform at Caernarfon Castle on Thursday 16 July as part of an invite-only launch party to celebrate the inaugural national Sound Makeover competition winner, One.a Salon.