PRS for Music crowns the Maypole and the Hickory Inn winners of Music Makeover competition

Music Makeover competition winners are announced

Music makeover

PRS for Music is delighted to announce Adam Dakin of the Maypole Inn, Derby and Edward Sproat of the Hickory Inn (formally known as The Barge) in Halberton, Devon as the winners of this year’s Music Makeover, a competition that offers landlords and pub owners across the UK the chance to improve their live music facilities.

Now entering its fifth year, the Music Makeover campaign was established by PRS for Music, the organisation that represents 111,000 songwriters and composers, to give landlords a chance to revamp their pubs and make live music a central part of their local communities.

175 entrants from around the UK, were judged by a panel comprising PRS Chairman, Guy Fletcher, PRS for Music Head of Marketing, Paul Sims, British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) representative Rebekah Kendrick and Kelly Wood of the Musicians Union.

PRS for Music’s team of live music experts will now work with the landlords to transform their pubs into live music havens, with top of the line equipment and a post-makeover launch party.

Winners and runners-up

Winners – Prize value £10,000
Adam Dakin, The Maypole, Derby
Edward Sproat, The Hickory Inn, Halberton

Highly commended – Prize value £2,500
Kelly Beard, The Wheatsheaf Didcot
Nick, The Music Café, Leicester


Our annual Music Makeover competition aims to raise awareness of how effective live music can be in driving additional revenue for pubs and bars, which could prove the difference in ensuring a pub survives in the current climate. Being able to help improve the live music capabilities of the small live venues that are the lifeblood of our members is immensely satisfying and we wish every success to our two winners this year.

Paul Sims, Head of Marketing at PRS for Music

I am proud that once again PRS for Music is able to offer a helping hand to two fantastic pubs through our Music Makeover competition. Pubs play such a vital role in many songwriters’ careers and provide an essential platform from which they can learn their trade. Both the Maypole and the Barge have the necessary components, as well as the ambition, to provide genuinely exciting hubs for live music in their local communities.

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS Chair

Music is also one of the most positive ways for pubs to keep customers coming through the doors.  After seeing the incredible results for pubs in the past four years of the competition, we’re especially excited to see the impact music is having in this year’s winning pubs, and how PRS for Music is going to help them build on this.

Rebekah Kendrick, BBPA

I’m over the moon to have won. I can’t believe it. It’s given me the chance to realise my dream of making the Maypole into a really cool music pub. Thank you PRS for Music.

Winner, Adam Dakin of the Maypole

We are absolutely ecstatic. We never thought that we would win and can’t quite believe it. We’d like to thank PRS for Music for giving the chance to improve our music equipment and our staff and locals for supporting us.

Winner, Edward Sproat of the Hickory

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.