The fantastic five; Music Makeover 2012

The fantastic five; Music Makeover 2012 pub finalists revealed

PRS for Music today announced the five finalists of their competition to put music back at the heart of pubs. Launched earlier this year, Music Makeover will award a pub £5,000 to improve their venue with live music facilities. Research conducted with pub-data specialists CGA Strategy Ltd. found that using music resulted in a 48% increase in sales over the weekend and 21% on weekdays.

  • The Brunel Arms, Pontyclun, Wales
  • Pig & Whistle, Ladbroke Grove, London
  • The Burnaby Arms, Bedfordshire
  • The Grafton, Kentish Town, London
  • The Shepherds Crook, Portsmouth

It is the third Music Makeover run by the organisation which represents over 95,000 songwriters and composers attracting a record numbers of entries from England, Scotland and Wales. The Live Music Act which came into effect in October also means pubs are now able to provide live music with less red tape.


We are overwhelmed by the number of impressive entries we’ve had from around the UK. The pub is one of our much loved institutions and smart establishments are diversifying their business model to attract customers. It is encouraging to see so many new licensees in our Music Makeover final, who are dedicated entrepreneurs who want to make music central to their local communities again.

Paul Clements - Commercial Director, PRS for Music

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.

Cerys Matthews - Singer, Songwriter & Broadcaster

PRS for Music contacted 20,000 pubs with a comprehensive guide to making music work including tips on genre choice, stage lighting, jukeboxes, gig promotion and ticketing.

Judges include Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS for Music Chairman, representatives from British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and Musicians Union (MU). The overall winner will be announced by 31 December 2012.

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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