The Stop Businesses Playing Annoying Christmas Music Campaign

Today Open Ear (, Scotland’s leading music design company, launches their campaign to “Stop Businesses Playing Annoying Christmas Music”. As Christmas approaches, businesses all over the country are preparing to unleash the same old staid, predictable Christmas music on their customers and staff.

Most are unaware of the detrimental effect it has on anyone listening, and Open Ear’s campaign is designed to educate employers on these negative effects. In 2006, the UK government was asked to investigate the effects of Christmas music on staff and customers by various trade unions. It was found that repeat plays of songs can have serious negative implications on people’s mood and motivation, and this is most apparent with retail and licensed venue staff, who are often exposed to one or two CDs playing on repeat.

The campaign is already gathering pace!
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Comment by Fay Young on November 22, 2010 at 12:44
I'm certainly against canned Christmas music that dulls the senses and numbs the soul – noise pollution of a particularly unpleasant kind. I like the thought you could encourage clients to explore imaginative ways of bringing the season to life – there's some great early music that sounds really fresh and often has a fantastic raunchy beat too.
Comment by Anny Deery on November 15, 2010 at 23:22
Just noticed that in the Latest News on the right hand side the text states that Inner Ear launches campaign when confusingly this is headed up by Open Ear. Both organisations work out of the same building (different office spaces) in the Hidden Lane, Finnieston.


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