PRS for Music doubles prize money for this years Music Makeover competition

UK pubs encouraged to show off their potential and enter ‘Music Makeover 2013’

Think that your pub has what it takes to be the next big thing in live music venues? Then the PRS for Music needs you. The organisation which represents 100,000 songwriters and composers is offering publicans across the UK the chance to improve their live music facilities as it launches the ‘Music Makeover 2013’ competition.

This year, the prize money has doubled to £10,000 for one lucky pub to kit out their establishment with equipment from music retailer GAK. There are also 10 runner up prizes of £200 GAK vouchers to be won.

The competition will officially launch on Monday November 11th. 

On the judging panel will be PRS for Music director of public performance sales Paul Clements, the British Beer and Pub Association, Musicians’ Union assistant general secretary Horace Trubridge and chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association Stewart Henderson ‘Music Makeover’ is also endorsed by artists including Chvrches, alt J, Wolf Alice, Scouting for Girls, Sandi Thom, Status Quo and David McAlmont.


Local pubs and small venues are hugely important. I’ve been playing in bands since 1993 and there’s a real willingness from pubs and promoters to give young talent a chance. They are a really encouraging force.

Iain Cook of Chvrches

Previous winners include The Royal Oak in Somerset, The Market Inn in Kent and The Burnaby Arms in Bedford.


Regardless of whether you’re an independent pub or owned by a brewery, most landlords don’t have this kind of money to spend on doing up a space specifically for live music. Being able to revamp the pub with the new equipment gave us another avenue to explore and has benefited us immensely.

Lucie Fuller of The Burnaby Arms

If you needed further encouragement to enter, research* undertaken by PRS for Music found that there is significant sales uplift for music venues compared to non-music venues. On average, pubs and venues that provided live music can take up to £306 more per day on wet sales, increasing to £667 per venue per day over the weekend.


Pubs across the UK continue to be one of the most popular places for people to socialise and we recognise that they are crucial in maintaining and developing the UK music scene. Music Makeover 2013 offers landlords across the UK a chance to enter our campaign to revamp their pub and make live music a central part of their success. We have doubled this year’s prize money to £10,000 which will undoubtedly make a huge difference to the lucky winner.

Paul Clements, PRS for Music’s Director of Public Performance Sales

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 155,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2020, 22.4 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £650.5m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations. 

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music. 

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