Pursue a profitable passion with LIPA 4:19

With the backing of one of the most prestigious performing art institutions in the country, part-time performance franchise LIPA 4:19 continues to outshine the competition

LIPA 4:19 is the part-time stage school franchise of the renowned Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), which was co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty in 1996.

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

LIPA 4:19 opened its first franchise in September 2008 and has since embarked upon a strategy of steady and cautious growth, with franchises in London, across the North West and in Bulgaria.

At the end of the year LIPA 4:19 will welcome two more franchise owners to its expanding network. Over the next few months, Maria Banks and Christine Talbot will receive comprehensive training and support to prepare them for the launch of their Derby and Southampton-based academies.

Sammy Murphy, Acting Head of LIPA 4:19, says: “Both Maria and Christine are perfect for the LIPA 4:19 franchise. Their enthusiasm for working with young children in this field was infectious – this is the energy we strive to surround our students with.

“For us, it’s not about the number of franchises we award, it’s about choosing the right franchise owners. We have always generated lots of interest, but we’ve been very careful about who we award our franchises to.”

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.

“Our brand is a strong one because we’ve worked hard to build and maintain it, along with our franchise owners,” says Sammy. “We look for people that truly represent our brand and can provide the best teaching environment for children and then spend a substantial amount of time training them.”

As part of the franchise package, new LIPA 4:19 franchise owners are provided with a training course held at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts academy, where they receive a thorough induction into the marketplace, teaching style, curriculum and operations.

To complement the course, franchise owners are given an Operations Manual to refer to and also benefit from access to proven marketing strategies used by existing LIPA 4:19 academies. They will also get help establishing their franchise from the experienced LIPA 4:19 support team.

“What’s fundamental to our success is the standard of what we’re offering – we’re the only stage school franchise that’s linked to an established performing arts school. Our academies are designed to complement, develop and enhance themes within the key stages of the National Curriculum.

“That’s what makes it so attractive for students and their parents and many of our franchise owners reported strong enquiries and enrolment numbers at the start of the year. Indeed, our franchise in Knutsford, Cheshire enrolled 12 new students in January for the new term.

“We’ll continue with this approach to ensure that the LIPA 4:19 brand is the strongest it can be and that we’re offering the best possible performing arts education across all of our franchises.”

An initial investment of £13,500 + VAT, plus start-up costs is required to set up a LIPA 4:19 franchise.

Written by Tiffany Brooking