Musicians urged to help bring music to pubs

PRS for Music has launched a new Music Makeover competition to encourage pubs to host live music.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 24 Jul 2012
  • min read
Pubs around the country are being asked to enter Music Makeover, ahead of the introduction of the Live Music Act this October. Those that do will be in with a chance of winning £5,000 to help them create the right space for music.

Francis Rossi of Status Quo, a strong advocate of live music in pubs, said: ‘Don’t even start me on the importance of the pub circuit. In the early days we were always gigging in local pubs, throwing our kit in the back of the van and motoring from town to town. We pretty much mastered our live sound and style in those old pubs.’

Music Makeover entries will be whittled down to three finalists who will be visited by industry expert judges looking for a venue with untapped potential for music, and landlords who display the greatest desire to make live music a key feature of their pub. Judges include representatives from British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and Musicians Union (MU). The overall winner will be announced by 31 December. For more information, visit the Music Makeover page.

The passing of October’s Live Music Act means small venues with less than a 200-person capacity will no longer need local authority permission to host performances of live music.

To coincide, PRS for Music will be contacting 41,000 pubs with a comprehensive guide to making live music work including tips on genre choice, stage lighting, jukeboxes, gig promotion and ticketing.

Research conducted by PRS for Music with pub data specialists CGA Strategy identified a significant positive impact of live and recorded music on sales in pubs – an increase of £667 on Fridays and Saturdays and 36 more units each day during the week.

Horace Trubridge, 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 circuit as they are both such an integral part of the UK cultural scene.’