The ultimate Royalty free music for shops, cafes & restaurants

So you’re a business owner and you are considering using royalty free music in your business to save the cost of the PRS and PPL Music Licence, great! If you’re concerned about your staff, don’t be. Introducing staff to the high quality new music they’re about to listen to doesn’t need to be a challenge. Below we run through our top tips on using royalty free music for shops, cafes & restaurnts.

Explain the reason you’re selecting royalty free music

Many staff don’t realise the costs associated with playing music in a business. For many, it’s the driving factor in choosing music that can be played without the Music Licence.  If staff understand that just putting the radio on in a public space costs at the very least £317 (plus vat) a year. They quickly appreciate that it’s a business decision.

Inform staff what royalty free music is

 Let your staff know that times are changing and there’s plenty of great royalty free background music out there. There’s a growing demand within the retail industry and increasingly from YouTube content creators. As a result, many musicians are now monetising their music this way. Increasing the variety and quality available for use across all platforms.

Select great quality music

Alongside quality, pick a provider that has plenty of choice, one that’s always updating and adding new playlists. In no time at all your staff will become familiar with many of the tracks with a good supplier, they can listen to great music that’s regularly updated.

Reduce repetition

Often the frustration is about the lack of variety in the music played.  Many royalty free playlists are only a couple of hours long which leads to repetition across the working day. To combat this pick a couple of good solid playlists and swap them around throughout the week.

Think about your staff and their working week. A mid-tempo pop playlist may be a great selection for your customers but it may be that you can play a higher tempo dance selection at the end of the week to give staff that Friday feeling. Often you can do this, ensure you keep the right atmosphere for customers with the right playlist choice.

Give them control 

The ability to select music at work is important to many staff. Great news, you can still do this with royalty free music. You can achieve this by pre-approving playlists for staff to pick from. It may be that you keep within the same genre across playlists but vary the tempo. Alternatively, you could mix up the genres and keep a set tempo to set the right mood in-store.

Talk to your music provider

Often a playlist can be built that recreates the same atmosphere and energy that you gain with commercial music. Get in touch with your provider and discuss your needs. Good music providers will be keen to make sure your music works for your customers and your staff.

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Background Sounds specialise in providing businesses with access to great sounding royalty free playlists. To get started, all you need is an internet connection and a device you intend to stream the music from. We offer all our customers a free trial and every playlist is designed and built by music experts.

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