Sing Live to launch franchise in the Spring

Singing community Sing Live, which arranges concerts in high-profile national and international venues for its membership to both attend and participate in, is preparing to launch a franchise opportunity in the UK. The company was founded in 1997 by John Morris and Linda Metcalfe and has built an international community of amateur singers who wish to participate in its events and meet fellow singers at the same time.

As well as regular performances scheduled at venues such as the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sing Live has been invited to perform at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, College Gardens of Westminster Abbey, Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, Sheffield and Belfast Arenas, St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero in New York, as well as on Carnival and Holland America Cruise Liners.

"The popularity of karaoke bars and 200,000-strong queues for The X Factor auditions prove the desire to participate in singing," says the company, which accepts members without auditions and provides vocal training, regular rehearsals and participation in a concert for one inclusive fee. "Sing Live's first concert in June 1998 featured over 230 singers and achieved Sing Live over £25,000 in ticket sales alone. The power and potential of Sing Live is proven - singing is clearly a viable modern leisure and social activity."

Sing Live has established 11 communities across the UK, plus two in the USA, and believes there is the potential to establish many more through franchising. With the assistance of franchise consultancy Franchise Development Services North, the company has refined its systems, methods and presentation and is now seeking to extend the Sing Live community with suitably qualified, like-minded individuals.