Late-night bar and club operator The Deltic Group is taking part in a pilot project that ensures that musicians and songwriters receive their fair share of royalties for the music they create.
Led by music industry licensing bodies PPL and PRS for Music, the project is designed to evaluate the use of music recognition technology (MRT) in identifying music publicly performed by DJs in clubs, bars, pubs and hotels licensed by PPL and PRS.
It is hoped that the pilot will result in the accurate identification of music performance information, which when collected from a wide variety of licensed premises can be incorporated into a “best practice” policy for distributing royalties to PPL and PRS members.
A small, discreet MRT device is being installed in the DJ booths at six of Deltic’s venues: Pryzm in Watford and Leeds, Institute in Aberdeen, Bar & Beyond in Stevenage in Hertfordshire, Fiction in Stoke-on-Trent and Unit 1 in Exeter.
The device will monitor the music that is played and send the data to a secure database to be matched, analysed and reported back to PPL and PRS for Music.
The pilot, which started in late 2016 in London nightclubs Ministry of Sound and Fabric, has been rolled out in venues across the UK and will run throughout 2017 with potential to be extended further.
Deltic’s chief executive Peter Marks said: “Music is the very heartbeat of our business and it’s in our interest to see that talented artists are rewarded for their creations. With online streaming and other digital technology, it’s increasingly difficult for songwriters and musicians to make a living from their creations, so anything we can do to help and attract and support the latest local talent has to be a good thing.”
Karen Buse, executive director, membership and international, at PRS for Music, added: “We are delighted to have the support of Deltic, which is such an influential player in the hospitality business. We look forward to working with the clubs to gain insight into how technology could help ensure the right people are paid for the music that keeps clubbers coming in.”