Club helps to support artists

PRYZM Leeds is taking part in the pilot project.
PRYZM Leeds is taking part in the pilot project.
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A Leeds club is taking part in a pilot project that will help ensure artists are getting their fair share of royalties for the music they create.

PRYZM Leeds on Woodhouse Lane is involved in the project which is being led by music industry licensing bodies PRS for Music and PPL.

By using the very latest Music Recognition Technology (MRT), it is hoped that the data collated from the tracks played by the club’s DJs could improve the way in which royalties are paid to the right performers, songwriters, producers, record labels and music publishers.

Having initially launched in London nightclubs Ministry of Sound and Fabric, the MRT pilot is being rolled out in a selection of clubs, bars, pubs and hotels with valid music licences across the UK.

PRYZM Leeds general manager, Gavin McQueen, 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.”

PRYZM Leeds is one of six venues owned by the UK’s largest national club and bar operator, The Deltic Group, taking part in the trial.

The MRT features a small, discreet device in the DJ booth that monitors music played and sends results via an internet connection to a secure database to be matched, analysed and reported back to PRS for Music and PPL.

Speaking on behalf of PPL and PRS, Karen Buse said: “We are delighted to have the support of Deltic, which is such an influential player in the hospitality business.”

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