Music publishing

Shop owners face inflation-busting rises in the cost of playing music to entice customers into their stores from Tuesday 1 st January. The smallest shops – those up to 100 sq m – will see the royalty payments they have to make each year to play background music increase by 13pc. Those with larger premises face slightly smaller rises, with, for example, a 1,001 sq m shop now paying £495.50 a year to play CDs or the radio, up 6pc. The Performing Right Society, said that increased shop opening hours and the growing the importance of music “in creating a brand and attracting customers” justified the price rises. It said it also planned to review the tariffs charged to other workplaces, like offices, pubs and restaurants.