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Could your pub benefit from a Music Makeover?

On 20/11/13 by Neil Williams (Head of Media)

For the past few years, the BBPA has been supporting PRS for Music in their excellent Music Makeover Competition. And we are proud to do so. In Britain, pubs are where live music begins, with many of our most famous acts starting out in their local pub.

PRS collects royalties for the playing of music on behalf of songwriters. It is great that they put something back through this initiative, which gives pubs the chance to win £10,000 of kit to help improve their live music offering.

This year, the prize money has doubled, and the winner will be kitted out with equipment from music retailer GAK. There are also 10 runner-up prizes of £200 GAK vouchers to be won.

The competition launched last week - pubs can enter here ( with entries closing on 31st December.

If your pub is shortlisted, the team at PRS will pay a visit and make a short film, which will then be presented to a judging panel, with reps from PRS for Music, the Musicians Union, the Scottish Music Industry Association, and ourselves at the BBPA.

Last year's winner was the Burnaby Arms in Bedford, whose licensee Lucie Fuller, puts the benefits of winning very well:

“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.”

Entering isn’t necessarily about having an amazing music offer to begin with, but showing how help from PRS could make a real difference. I hope as many pubs as possible take up the challenge.


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