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BBC Documentary Brings Big Boost To Royalty

Business is booming for a royalty-free music library on Tyneside after it was featured in a BBC News 24 documentary highlighting the UK’s most innovative online companies. Newcastle-based Beat Suite – which won the Best Use of Broadband category at the 2005 North East E-commerce Awards - was featured in ‘Net Profits,’ a 30-minute documentary which considered how the internet has changed the face of British industry.

The documentary also looked at how companies in regions like the North East are moving away from their declining traditional industries and into the booming technology market. After being profiled alongside some of the country’s most exciting internet companies, Beat Suite was inundated with orders from the US, Asia and Europe, as well as enquiries from music composers interested in contributing their tracks to the library. Beat Suite, which was launched by DJ and music composer Steve Bainbridge in November 2004, provides businesses with royalty-free music tracks which can be used for a variety of purposes. Since its launch, Beat Suite has had more than 1 million hits and more than 3,000 users from around the world have subscribed to the service including a number of high profile clients, such as London-based advertising agency Thirty Three.

Steve Bainbridge, Managing Director of Beat Suite, says: “Being profiled on BBC News 24 was fantastic for us and has led to an increase in sales and customers. The music library has been very busy since the show aired and we’ve had lots of interest from companies in the UK as well as South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, and even as far a field as India and Nepal. “We’ve even attracted interest from the BBC itself as a potential customer. The corporation is looking at using some of our music for its online education work.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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