Porter's Bar in Cardiff has been declared the winner of PRS for Music's Music Makeover 2017.
More than 300 pubs from around the UK entered to win the £10,000 Music Makeover along with a bespoke music consultancy and exclusive event featuring PRS for Music members. Entries were received country-wide from Glasgow to Cornwall. The calibre this year was extremely high, making it a tough choice for our judges to pick from the five finalists — all could have been worthy winners.
Winner – prize value £10,000
Lewis Morgan, Porter's Bar, Cardiff
2nd place – prize value £5,000
Kevin Abbott, The Anchor Inn, Wingham
Porter's Bar was awarded the top prize due to its musical vision, potential and the manager's enthusiasm.
Winner Lewis Morgan of Porter's Bar said: "We're delighted, surprised and humbled to be the winners of this year's Music Makeover. We will use this fantastic prize to give back to all the artists and good people who are the lifeblood of not only this venue but also this city. Thank you so much PRS for Music!"
Lewis Morgan, assistant manager and in-house sound engineer – Porter's Bar, Cardiff
The Anchor Inn in Wingham, Kent was awarded the second prize of £5,000.
Kevin and Michelle Abbott, owners – The Anchor Inn, Wingham
Nigel Elderton, PRS chairman, said: "I was really impressed with the entry from Porter's Bar due to their passion, knowledge and understanding of the Music Makeover competition. We can't wait to see what the £10k Music Makeover will achieve in their fantastic venue and I have no doubt that they will be one of the leading live music venues in Cardiff."
Work has already begun to assist with the implementation of the winners' prizes and prepare for the exclusive launch event in Cardiff. PRS for Music would like to thank all this year's entrants, it's been our best year yet.
PRS for Music is a society of around 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers – its members. It represents the rights of these members by licensing organisations to play, perform or make available music. It then distributes royalties to those members and societies fairly and efficiently. www.prsformusic.com