Media Release: PPL and PRS for Music launch new educational video for Scotland’s businesses

PPL and PRS for Music today launched a new video to help businesses throughout Scotland to better understand the benefits of music and how to obtain a licence to ensure they are legally compliant for its use.

The film, which is narrated by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne is now available to watch online and aims to help make the licensing process more transparent.

It helps explain the differences between PPL and PRS for Music and those members the organisations respectively represented across the music industry, such as songwriters, record labels, publishers and performers.

The film also explains the benefits of music and the important contribution that licensing makes to the music industry.

In the film, Lauren Laverne comments: “PPL collects and distributes royalties on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music. PRS for Music collects and distributes royalties on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics.

“By obtaining licences from PPL and PRS for Music, you can enjoy the benefits of using music in your business without having to seek permission individually from all these thousands of people – who in turn get the opportunity to be paid fairly for their work.”

The film presents business owners from across the country talking about the benefits that music brings to their businesses, including Therese Grethe from Waxy O’Connors in Glasgow.

Louise Robinson, salon owner and design director at Zanders Hair Design, Newcastle upon Tyne, said: “We play music all the time. Everyone who works here has their favorite radio station or band they like to play and the music helps to put the customers at ease. There would be no atmosphere without it and it would just be strange to have the sound of the hairdryers.”

Enzo Oliveri, managing director of Italian restaurant Fratelli La Bufala, central London: “It’s important that eating at our restaurant is an authentic and enjoyable experience for our customers.

“Playing music from the same region as where our dishes originate helps us to create the right atmosphere. And it’s great to know that no matter what part of the world the music I play is from, the money goes back to the artists, composers and performers of that work.”

Therese Grethe, general manager at Waxy O’Connors pub in Glasgow, Scotland: “Music is such an important part of my business. It’s a relief to know how easy it is to find out what licence or licences you may need by law to play music in a business or public place… Obviously, this place would be dead if we didn’t play music – we probably wouldn’t get any customers if we didn’t!”

Christine Geissmar, operations director, PPL said: “As the government continues to acknowledge our world-leading music industry there is a growing understanding of the value of music within the business community as a driver for an enhanced business environment.

“We hope that this film can help to promote a further awareness of licensing so that performers and record companies are properly rewarded and can continue to create the music that we all enjoy listening to.”

Paul Clements, director of Public Performance Sales, PRS for Music, said: “We hope that the business community will find the video a helpful resource in showing how music can be used to benefit their company whilst also educating those who are responsible for the legal affairs of the organisation on music licencing requirements.”

PPL and PRS for Music have a long term commitment to working together, and have a number of joint initiatives in place to assist businesses in acquiring licences. In addition to the new educational video, both companies can be seen together at various business trade shows throughout the country.

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