Drinking At Home: The Music-Industry Repercussions
But the amount that PRS collected from pubs and clubs dropped 2% to £39.7m as the recession forced many publicans out of business. The British Beer and Pub Association estimates that pubs are closing at a record rate of almost six a day as a result of high taxes and loss-leading offers from supermarkets and off-licences. Britain’s largest landlord, Punch, said yesterday that in the last 18 months beer volumes had fallen by about 20% in the UK. Oxford Economics, meanwhile, believes 60,000 jobs in the beer and pub sector could be lost over the next five years if the government presses ahead with plans to impose a “tax escalator” on beer. While the royalties collected from public performance of music in concert venues, shops and factories are still growing – up 10% to £146.6m last year – the closure of pubs and clubs has reduced the demand for live music licences.
Six bars closing every day? Now that’s really a sign of “a broken Britain.” Clearly, we in the United States have to remain vigilant about this fate not befalling our own nation. Who’s with me? (Also, I’m kind of annoyed that the Guardian used the “home drinking is killing music” headline before I did, but what are you gonna do.)