Invest in a show - stopping franchise

Turn your passion for the performing arts into a profitable business venture with a Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts franchise, LIPA 4:19

Part-time performing arts franchise, LIPA 4:19, is looking for individuals with a passion for the performing arts who want to make a difference – and a living – by building a business around talented, enthusiastic young people.

“By joining our network, franchise owners are in a unique position to affect the lives of young people in their local area, and to benefit from the immense market potential that is to be found everywhere in the UK today,” says LIPA 4:19 Franchise Manager Kerry Watkins.

Established in 2003, LIPA 4:19 offers a management franchise that provides classes to those aged between four and 19 in dance, drama and singing. LIPA 4:19 aims to encourage children’s creativity and confidence in a fun and relaxed environment.

Since launching its franchise opportunity in 2008, LIPA 4:19 has established three academies throughout the UK – with one more opening later this year – and has successfully launched its first European franchise in Sofia, Bulgaria.

LIPA 4:19 offers prospective franchise owners the opportunity to become the principal of their own academy. The investment opportunity is flexible, as franchise owners can take a hands-on role and help teach the classes (provided they have a teaching qualification). Alternatively, they can take a managerial role and oversee the running of the academy and leave the teachers to run the classes.

As part of the franchise package, new LIPA 4:19 franchise owners are provided with a training course held at the LIPA 4:19 performing arts academy, where they receive a thorough induction into the marketplace, are given an operations manual and benefit from access to proven marketing strategies used by existing LIPA 4:19 academies.

Since its launch in 2003, the LIPA 4:19 brand has successfully established its reputation as a quality and unique business opportunity, which has been confirmed by its recent British Franchise Association ‘Associate’ accreditation.

Kate Allerston, Liverpool (pictured right, top)
Before joining LIPA 4:19, Kate ran her own theatre school in London, which she started from scratch. She hugely enjoyed building up her own company but found it a long and difficult process.

“One of the main factors that attracted me to the LIPA 4:19 opportunity was that it was an established company ready to go. Being a well-known and respected brand within the performing arts industry, I felt LIPA 4:19 offered me a safety net,” says Kate.

“My academy is doing great and the kids are fantastic, they’re all so dedicated and professional, even the little ones. Having a personal passion for the performing arts, I love working in such a creative environment.”

Jo Walker, Rainhill (pictured right, centre)
For former actress, Jo Walker, managing a LIPA 4:19 academy was the perfect opportunity to combine her passion for the performing arts and teaching.

“The training and support that I received from my Franchise Manager, Kerry Watkins, and the LIPA 4:19 team was excellent,” says Jo. “Even now, almost three years on, I am still in constant contact with the support team and they are always more than happy to help.

“Since launching the academy in 2008, our pupil numbers have continued to grow year on year – the demand for training in the performing arts is huge.”

Michael Da Silva Pearce, East London (pictured right, bottom)
While looking to earn extra income alongside his full-time job as a teacher, Michael Da Silva Pearce discovered the LIPA 4:19 franchise.

“Since launching my business it has just continued to grow. In London, there are a lot of performing arts academies but we are easily beating the competition – in the last year my pupil numbers increased six fold.

“I’ve found that if you have good business sense, a clear image of how you want your academy to be run, good organisational and management skills, and the drive to build a business, anyone could succeed with a LIPA 4:19 franchise.”

Reported by Tiffany Brooking