Brighton salon Simon Webster Hair crowned winner in UK-wide Music Makeover competition

Brighton-based salon Simon Webster Hair has been crowned the winner of 2016’s Music Makeover Salons competition, netting a £5,000 prize to upgrade their current music offering for staff and customers.

Music Makeover winners Simon Webster Hair
  • Brighton’s Simon Webster Hair wins £5,000 from PRS for Music to improve music facilities
  • Special award ceremony included live performances from DJ Melody Kane, and Brighton acts Øvre and Lakuta – pictures available now
  • PRS for Music giving small businesses a chance to utilise music to its greatest advantage

Business owners Simon and Sophie Webster beat more than 300 entrants from around the UK, with the final prize including expert advice from world-renowned producer Steve Levine.

As part of the celebrations, PRS for Music hosted a launch party, with a presentation at the premises and live performances from DJ Melody Kane, local talent Øvre and members of Brighton’s trailblazing Afropunk collective Lakuta at Brighton club Patterns. Renowned local street artist Cassette Lord also appeared, creating live art at the venue. Local businesses Bison Beer and Hell’s Kitchen were on hand to provide food and drinks at the salon. Pictures from the event are available to download now.

PRS for Music launched the annual Music Makeover competition six years ago to showcase and raise awareness of how important music is to local businesses. From the quality of the sound system, to acoustics, volume and playlists, music has a huge impact on both customers and staff.


I really liked Simon and Sophie’s energy and enthusiasm in their salon. What particularly impressed me was that they are incorporating local artists and talent within their music offering. We love that they care about Brighton's wider music community alongside their business. Congratulations to the team.

Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS Chairman and Music Makeover Judge

We’re over the moon! Thank you so much PRS for Music. Music is such a vital part of the experience we want to create for our customers. It helps them to feel welcome and relaxed, it’s also an important part of our brand. We try hard to work with all the amazing creative industries in Brighton with music at the forefront and we’re so excited to finally be able to have a music system that reflects our passion.

Sophie Webster, Winner

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works diligently to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m paid out in royalties to 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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