Small Retailers Agree: Music is Good for the Shop Floor and for Business

Small business owners agree music is vital to a successful retail environment according to new research. As a small retailer competing with the high street chains and the supermarket giants, it is crucial you do everything you can to make your business profitable. One cost effective and enjoyable way to do this is to use music. MusicWorks, the body of research commissioned by PPL and PRS for Music has revealed its latest findings: 78% of small retailers recommend other retailers play music to improve in store productivity. 53% of small retailers believe their store financially benefits from playing music. The findings also show that not only is there financial benefits from playing music but it will keep staff happy as well: 84% of retailers asked felt that playing music puts their staff i... »

SMEs uncertain about music licence obligations

Small businesses are uncertain about their legal obligations when playing music for commercial purposes and need clearer guidance to ensure they don’t break the law, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB). Businesses which play music for commercial purposes risk prosecution for copyright infringement if they do not have the correct licence from the Performing Rights Society (PRS). There are currently more than 40 price tariffs on the PRS website with licence costs, depending on factors such as the size of a business and use of music. According to the PRS, a licence is necessary for any location or premises, outside of home, where music is played. This includes clubs and concert halls, discos and dentists’ waiting rooms, and trains and takeaways. Businesses can even fa... »