PRS For Music are offering a make over and we don’t mean a weekend in a health spa for soiled and broken indie bands following the muddy festival season. Hot on the heels of the previously reported Live Music Bill, the ‘Music Makeover’ competition will offer pubs in the UK a chance to bid for £5,000 to improve facilities and make live music a key part of their venue. You know, putting on live turns and that.
A statement from PRS for Music said: “Research conducted by PRS For Music with pub-data specialists CGA Strategy Ltd identified the significant positive impact of live and recorded music on sales in pubs – an increase of £667 on Fridays and Saturdays and 36 more units each day during the week. In deeply challenging economic times for the great British pub, the research confirms that live music is a vital life-line to many venues”.
In addition, the collecting society will send out information packs to pub owners this summer offering advice on how to make live music work in a small venue. Judges will include representatives from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and the Musicians Union (MU), the Deadline for applications is 30 September and the winner will be announced by 31 December this year.
The Live Music Bill is set to become an Act before the end of this year, enabling a much-needed licensing exemption for live shows in venues with a capacity of 200 or less. Find out more here.