A leading music school for pre-school kids and younger
Childrens Services, Entertainment
The Monkey Music franchise is a UK leader in early childhood music education. Started in 1993, and evolving into a franchise by 1998, it’s now a nationwide brand that has taught over 4.8m classes in the last 25 years. Today Monkey Music has around 50 franchises spread throughout the UK and teach 12,000 children every single week.
This wealth of experience has manifested into a tight-knit team of franchise owners who are dedicated to growing their income while spreading joy in the world.
Over the years, Monkey Music has hired composers, songwriters, and teachers to create a rock solid curriculum that has parents, young children, and babies singing along. This is a business that has the potential to create a real impact in the community you serve. Franchise owners can either teach classes themselves or employ qualified and trained teachers from the head office support team.
In the long term, Monkey Music aims to expand their classes to the entire UK, spreading music wherever they go.
Along with weekly classes for babies, children, and parents, Monkey Music also offers parties (necessary accreditation and documentation available), holiday workshops, nursery classes, and other events.
Classes are split up into four age groups and held throughout the school week.
The Monkey Music franchise has received a number of awards throughout their franchising journey. As a British Franchise Association member, Monkey Music has won two British Franchisor of the Year Awards in 2010 and 2013 as well as the Express Brand Builder of the Year in 2005.
Helping parents connect with their kids and enjoy some quality developmental time together is what it’s all about. As a Monkey Music franchisor, you’ll have the full backing
and support of a friendly and caring team behind you, pushing and encouraging you to meet you KPIs while doing what you love.
The franchise fee for a Monkey Music franchise is £13,975 plus vat. The licence fee is renewable every five years, reserves your exclusive territory, and gives you access to all curricula and trademarks. As part of the package, you’ll receive comprehensive training and a tried-and-tested operation manual.
Depending on your location and financial stability, it is recommended you have at least three months of working capital to give yourself time to fill classes and the cash flow to book teaching venues.
The core of the business model is weekly classes for four distinct age groups of pre-school children and babies. These are booked termly by parents and need to run for a minimum of 36 weeks in a year. To supplement your main stream of income you can also offer lessons to nurseries and pre-schools. During the holidays, you are provided with a curriculum to run special workshops that are inclusive of a wider range of ages and include older siblings.
In addition to classes and workshops, Monkey Music has the necessary paperwork and procedure to teach at private parties or events.
Included in your franchise fee is the award-winning Monkey Music curricula. It includes lesson plans for every single teaching week and separate programs depending on age.
The curricula are regularly updated and optimised to teaching the four age groups you will serve. The total body of work contains nearly 500 fully copyrighted songs to choose from and teach.
Yes, you can! There are two styles of ownership when buying a Monkey Music franchise. You can manage the business AND teach some (not all) of your classes as you scale OR you can go into full business-mode from the start and hire teachers right off the bat. If you are lacking in music or teaching experience, the latter route is a great option.
Successful Monkey Music franchisees have come from all walks of life. They’ve been TV producers, theater stars, marketers, accountants, actors, and more. You do not need any specific experience to own a franchise, but you will need some core personality traits and soft skills.
You need to: “be confident, articulate and a good communicator, be passionate about customer service and working with young families, have a tuneful singing voice (if you want to teach), believe in the fundamental role that music plays in early development, be decisive and self-motivated and able to lead others, be organized, be able to drive, and be computer literate.”
There are a small number of Monkey Music franchises for sale by existing business owners looking to wind down or change their lifestyle. You will need to email the head office to express interest in buying an existing business. There are a limited number of locations available, so this route might take longer than your expected time to purchase.
Standing out these days is hard - both online and offline - but the Monkey Music franchise marketing managers are there to help. They will guide you through everything you need to know about advertising within your local community. While you are in training, they will create your personalised web page and Facebook business page. Thereafter you will be provided with specially designed flyers, posters, and adverts. Guidance on how to best use your marketing material is given as you need it.
On top of the continued support, the Monkey Music brand will be advertised through multiple channels on a national level to grow brand awareness.
No, you can rent space as you need it for your classes. You do not need to rent permanent or full-time space.
Monkey Music has reported yearly growth and profitability, “with the last five years seeing a 50 per cent increase in our average franchise income”. This indicates that despite the challenging financial landscape, the child education market is thriving. Top franchisees have reported six-figure turnovers by reaching a net profit of 50 per cent before tax.
If you like small children and young families, this is an excellent opportunity to do what you love. Most franchisees say that running their school doesn’t feel like work at all. Those same franchisees also cite the initial support of the head office as one of their key reasons for their success. Monkey Music is the UK’s biggest contender in early musical training, making their franchise model a secure option.
If you want to be your own boss, are excited about early music education, and have a strong work ethic Monkey Music is your best option in this sector.
Training is completed over an intense five-day period. You’ll receive business training and take a support program covering all aspects of running your franchise day-to-day.
After your training, you will have plenty of personal mentoring from the experts at the head office including in-person visits, Skype calls, and phone meetings. Your support and training are tailored to your specific needs and knowledge gaps. A designated Support & Business Development Manager will be available to you on an as-needed basis when starting out and scaling. As a part of the franchise family, you’ll be invited to join the annual support meetings where you’ll learn to optimise your business even further.
Fill in the enquiry form on this page and a member of the Monkey Music franchise team will be in touch.
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