PRS for Music steps up its efforts in Bermuda to talk about music
The society that collects royalties for over 100,000 songwriter, composers and music publishers returns to Bermuda this August to speak to businesses about using music.
Copyright law means that businesses using music must legally have a licence, and then PRS for Music is able to collect royalties to pay the songwriters of that music so they can earn a living.
The organisation has affiliates covering 150 territories around the world to help businesses become licensed and explain the benefits of music. Research proves that music not only increases staff morale but significantly increases sales as well. Some businesses in Bermuda already have a licence but PRS for Music is keen to raise awareness in the wider business community to explain the copyright law and requirement for a music licence.
The organisation has been operating for almost 100 hundred years and understands that music is an important part of Bermudian culture. Without music licensing, many songwriters might not get paid, having a harmful impact on such a vital and much loved industry.
PRS for Music is currently liaising with the Registrar General, Consumer Affairs, Bermuda Small Business Development Corporation and Bermuda Chamber of Commerce departments so that organisations using music have access to information about music licensing. PRS for Music also supports the renowned John Lennon Tribute Concert which promotes so many respected superstars and songwriters, and later this year intends to engage the Bermudian music community so they too can enjoy the benefits of becoming songwriter members. PRS for Music is proud to have a good number of well known local Bermudian songwriters as its members such as Stan (Lord Necktie) Seymour, and the late Hubert Smith.
Karen Buse, International Director, PRS for Music commented: “Music is the lifeblood of our PRS for Music songwriters, composers and publishers members. Without royalty payments they would be unable to continue making the songs that millions of customers and staff enjoy. Our music licence is easy to obtain – like paying your water or gas bill - and makes the use of music legitimate. We have a long standing relationship with Bermuda and it is one that we are excited to continue and grow.”