Theatre and airline sector workers can join the franchise without paying an upfront fee
Razzamataz is giving people in the theatre industry who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19 the chance to become a franchisee without paying a joining fee. They also won’t be asked to pay any management fees until 2021.
The nationwide theatre school has also extended the offer to workers in the airline sector who have been redundant because of the coronavirus crisis.
Denise Hutton-Gosney, Razzamataz founder and managing director, says: “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 performers want to go back to the theatre and perform, we have a management option available. Our beloved performing arts industry has been so badly affected by lockdown, we’re looking at all ways in which we can help.”
In addition to the franchise offer, Razzamataz will be running a number of free live events highlighting everything it’s learnt as a business and the skills you need to work in the arts going forwards.
“We have learnt so much that we wanted to share our top tips and success stories about how to engage students and why we believe that an online offering will actually enhance your dance or theatre school, even after COVID-19,” Denise explains.
“If you’re a teacher, being able to say that you can successfully run online performing arts classes will be increasingly important in the future and we’re happy to share our learnings with others working in the arts.”
Other interactive sessions with the team at Razzamataz include speaking to current franchisees about how they have carved out a career in the performing arts while having a steady income running a theatre school.
“Performers and theatre arts teachers have so many skills they probably don’t know they have and with our training and support they can turn this into a rewarding new career,” Denise says.
“Our online sessions will help them to understand the skills they have and take back control of their life, so they’re not always waiting for their next job.
“Our network of theatre school franchisees is made up of people who have a positive mindset and the desire to inspire the next generation of young performers.
“We teach the business skills and give them access to our 20 years of experience and they bring the drive and enthusiasm to create theatre schools that are special places for children to learn performing arts, build their confidence and make new friends.”
During the pandemic, Razzamataz welcomed five new franchisees to its network.
Heather Hurd-Sinclair, principal at Razzamataz Wimbledon, says: “If you’re considering starting a franchise, I would highly recommend Razzamataz.
“I took over as a principal in April in the midst of the COVID lockdown and I have not regretted my decision.
“The support and encouragement I’ve received has been second to none. Head office has provided us with training, updated resources and also one-to-one support to ensure our businesses adapt and thrive.
“Nothing is too much trouble and I feel fortunate that during these challenging times I’m part of a network that has such passion for what it does.”