Performers can now start their own business with no franchise fee
Multi-award winning theatre school Razzamataz is throwing a much needed lifeline to performers whose careers have been left devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2018, UK theatres generated ticket revenue of £1.28 billion, employing 290,000 workers. Unfortunately the outlook now for theatres across the UK, and those employed in the performing arts sector, is extremely bleak. Many theatres are facing closure, inevitably leading to redundancies, leaving performers from across the UK in a desperate situation.
In an effort to boost the ailing sector, Razzamataz, one of the UK’s most successful franchises with 50 theatre-schools throughout the UK, is now offering performers the chance to join the business and start their own theatre school without paying the normal franchise joining fee, which would usually be £7,995. In 2019 Razzamataz Theatre Schools delivered around 9,000 classes to 6,000 children, as well as many thousands on holiday.
Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and founder of Razzamataz explains: “Since our inception we have had very close links and enormous support from the theatre and performing arts sector. It is only right therefore that we reach out to performers and help them in any way we can in the current crisis. Unfortunately theatres are closing, and the impact of Covid-19 on our sector will be felt for years to come. Many employed in the performing arts sector will be forced to look for alternative employment, which is such a shame as we will lose many talented people forever. As a company we are determined to do all we can to help, and this is why we have decided to waive our franchise fee.
Hutton-Gosney adds: “This is a unique opportunity for performers to begin a new career as the owner of their own theatre school. We have waived the normal franchise fee to make it as easy as possible for suitable candidates to apply regardless of their financial position. We are all in unchartered waters right now and there are many highly talented and motivated individuals who would make fantastic franchisees but who don’t necessarily have the funds. Furthermore, if franchisees want to go back to the theatre and perform we have a management option available. I would urge all performers who are looking at their options to get in touch; you will get to continue doing what you love whilst earning a good income and also helping children and young people learn new skills, gain confidence and have fun.”
Razzamataz has continued to thrive during lockdown, adapting its offering by moving its classes online. This move has been such a success that many schools plan to continue these online classes post-Covid. Razzamataz has also continued to recruit new franchisees during the pandemic with five joining the network since lockdown began.
One of these new franchisees, Heather Hurd-Sinclair, Principal at Razzamataz Wimbledon, comments: “I started with Razzamataz in April, in the midst of the Covid lockdown, and I have not regretted my decision. The demand is there, even more so now we offer online classes, and the support and encouragement I have received has been second to none. As a performer it really does give you the best of both worlds, you get to continue doing what you love, whilst running your own successful business which is making a big difference in children’s lives. ”