If you’re like me, perhaps when you bought or set up your beauty salon you knew you had to have music. So, you copied your favourite tracks onto a CD and bought a music system.
But, perhaps like me, you also didn’t know you’re breaking the law.
In the UK, you actually need two licences – PRS and PPL – which will cost you (for a reasonable sized salon) around to £320 a year combined. That works out to less than £1 per day so it’s only fair. Why shouldn’t artists and copyright holders benefit from their work. But, I’ve got two points about this.
The first is simple – If I can cut some unnecessary costs from my business, I should at least explore options.
Secondly, most of the smaller salons I’ve been in that play music tend to have the radio on. This creates a situation where more often than not, the station playing is the one that the therapists favour… Not the clients.
Why would a seventy year old lady want to listen to Radio One? I know I wouldn’t.
So. About two years ago, I discovered iChill – License free music for salons. You can mix and match tracks, or download collections for just £7.95. The best bit is that you can then contact PRS and PPL, show them your receipt and they can’t bill you.
Yes. For just £7.95 you can save yourself £320 per year. Five years later, you would have saved yourself £1592.
That’s money you could invest elsewhere, or a decent holiday for you – the hardworking salon owner.