Inverness pub The Tooth & Claw has been crowned the winner of PRS for Music's Music Makeover competition.
Owners James Carr and Paulina Matuszak (pictured) beat hundreds of pubs across the UK, taking home a £10,000 prize to revamp their pub into a live music haven. The prize also includes expert advice from producer Steve Levine.
“We are overjoyed with the support that both PRS for Music and the local community have given us," said Matuszak. "We want The Tooth & Claw to become a staple of the Inverness music scene and with this prize, that dream is becoming a reality. We can’t wait to play host to the best of Inverness music!”
As part of the celebrations, PRS hosted a launch party at the premises, with live performances from local Inverness artist Dr Wook and Glaswegian band Bossy Love, the latter of which previously received funding from the PRS for Music Foundation.
PRS launched the annual Music Makeover competition six years ago to showcase and raise awareness of how important music is to local businesses. From the quality of the sound system, to acoustics, volume and playlists, music has a huge impact on both customers and staff.
“We regard pubs as an essential component of our popular music culture; they provide unparalleled opportunities for emerging musical talent to develop their skills and their popularity," added Guy Fletcher OBE, PRS chairman and Music Makeover judge. "Our Music Makeover award gives PRS for Music an annual opportunity to encourage music-loving venues to support local talent and enables them to improve the quality of the music experience for both performers and their audience.”