Music Makeover competition offers pubs chance to win £20,000 worth of live music equipment

If it’s time to upgrade your live music equipment, enter today to win

A guitar and drum kit on stage, the kick drum has the Music Makeover logo on it

PRS for Music the organisation that represents 100,000 songwriters and composers is offering publicans across the UK the chance to upgrade their live music facilities as it launches its Music Makeover 2015 competition.

PRS for Music is expanding the competition into two categories, offering two pubs the opportunity to win £10,000 each, to enhance their establishment with top of the range music equipment. Included in the winning prize will be a consultation with live music experts, with support and guidance whilst the landlords launch their new music offering.

This year the competition has been divided into two categories: ‘already using live music’ and ‘does not yet use live music - accommodating both types of entrant and offering one winner from each category the chance to win £10,000.

Pubs across the UK can enter online or by paper application, at and conditions apply).

On the judging panel will be PRS for Music's Commercial Director, Paul Clements, Neil Williams, Head of Media at the British Beer and Pub Association and Musicians’ Union Assistant General Secretary, Horace Trubridge. Music Makeover is also endorsed by artists including Status Quo, Alt-J, Sandi Thom, Chvrches, Wolf Alice, The Wytches and Erland and the Carnival.

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 provide live music can take up to £306 more per day on wet sales, increasing to £667 per venue per day over the weekend.


We had trialled a few live music nights because of my passion for live music and knowledge that live music nights can significantly boost revenues for pubs. It’s a difficult time for pubs and we need to differentiate ourselves. Not only did I get new music equipment, I also had guidance from professionals on how to promote, how to work the new equipment and generally make my music nights a success.

Previous winner, Shaun Jackson of the Railway Inn, Oakham, who is calling on pub owners to enter Music Makeover 2015

Pubs across the UK continually need to innovate and drive footfall with engaging offerings. Live music is a great way in which pubs can attract and retain new audiences. They are crucial in maintaining and developing the UK music scene, whilst providing a stage for the bands of tomorrow to showcase their talents. Music Makeover 2015 offers landlords the opportunity to upgrade their existing offering and position live music as a central part of their future success.

PRS for Music’s Commercial Director, Paul Clements 

The UK’s live music circuit is vital. All bands have to go through it - they all play the little venues. As Erland and the Carnival we’ve played tiny little gigs in Glasgow right up to the Southbank in London, and each of those shows are important. You really earn your spurs through live shows and despite all the gigs we’ve done, I’m still learning what it is to be a front man in a band in these venues.

British folk-rockers, Erland and the Carnival

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

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Launched in 2010 by PRS for Music, ‘Music Makeover’ is now in its fifth year. The aim of the competition is to emphasise how crucial pubs are to maintaining and developing the UK music scene. ‘Music Makeover’ 2015 winners will be announced in the New Year.

*More information about PRS for Music’s research can be found here: Value of Music in Pubs

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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