Always dreamed of starting a music franchise unit or business? In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the best opportunities in the UK for every ability, budget and level of experience.
According to the 2019 Music By Numbers report, the UK’s music industry is worth an impressive £5.2 billion, with live music contributing more than £1 billion to the economy. The sector as a whole employs more than 190,000 people up and down the country. The impact of our music industry isn’t limited to our shores, as its global export worth is estimated to be around £2.7 billion. And specific areas such as music retail are incredibly lucrative, with an estimated worth of £402 million.
It’s clear that the world of music can be an exciting and rewarding area to explore, whether you fancy opening a music shop franchise unit or teaching little ones the joy of song and dance. Here are just some of the reasons why you should look into starting a music franchise unit, and the most exciting opportunities out there right now.
Reasons why you should start a music franchise unit
- It’s a way to make a stable income in an unpredictable sector: The average musician makes just £23,000, compared to the national average of around £29,000, and around 72 percent of people working in the wider music industry are self-employed. While many people are happy to accept lower income and less job stability for a shot at their dream career, a franchise unit is a more lucrative and reliable alternative. Using a business model developed and perfected by another entrepreneur, you could be on course to make a healthy income and build a base of customers who keep coming back for years.
- You can help children develop: Studies have found that music can play an important role in the healthy development of young kids. Dancing can help them build motor skills, self-expression, memory and even their grasp of language. If you’ve always wanted to be part of the early years education world, but don’t fit the requirements for teaching, a music franchise unit could be an excellent way to achieve your career aspirations.
- You can fit work around your commitments: Many roles in the music industry come with unsociable, late-night hours as standard. And if you’re working at a festival or international event, you could be away from family and friends for days or weeks at a time. A franchise unit is different. You can pick hours that suit you and arrange your working day around other activities, whether that’s the school run, coffee catch-ups or a date-night dinner.
- You’ll be part of a supportive network: As with any franchise, you’ll be able to rely on your fellow music-loving franchisees and franchise support team whenever you need a helping hand. If any part of your business feels a bit off-key, you can consult other professionals who understand exactly what you’re going through.
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Feeling ready to dance to your own beat by starting a franchise unit? Here are three of the most interesting franchise opportunities you can join right now in the world of music.
Popcat’s Music Time
This education franchise runs a variety of music and movement classes for pre-school children and the elderly. If you joined this franchise, you would primarily be running musical development classes for babies, young children and their parents, but the business also uses musical therapy to offer sessions for older generations in care homes and sheltered accommodation.
- Becoming a Popcat’s Music Time franchisee: You will need to have experience in the education sector as well as an outgoing and confident personality – and a great singing voice, of course! If you like what you’ve heard and would like to get involved, you can find out more on the franchise’s profile page.
- How much you need to invest: For the relatively small investment of £6,800, you could open your very own Popcat’s Music Time franchise.
- What you get for your investment: When you become a franchisee, the business will make sure that you have all the tools to make your franchise a success. This includes a franchisee handbook and training in social media marketing.
Since it was founded in 1991, Jo Jingles has established more than 700 centres across the world through over 90 franchisees. With the help of friendly mascot Jo, you’ll run classes for little ones from three months to five years, that allow them to sing, dance and work on their key early years development.
- Becoming a Jo Jingles franchisee: If you have experience working with or spending time with children and a genuine interest in music, you could be the ideal franchisee. A musical background, bubbly personality and plenty of patience will also come in handy, as will good business acumen and knowledge of sales and marketing.
- How much you need to invest: You’ll need to invest between £6,500 and £9,000+VAT, depending on the size of your territory and your business aspirations.
- What you get for your investment: You’ll spend a week training at the Jo Jingles head office, learning everything you need to know about the culture, brand personality, website development and more. Regular training meetings/conferences are held throughout the year, giving you a chance to network with other franchisees and brush up on your knowledge.
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Here is another franchise opportunity from outside the Point Franchise network.
If you’re a musician or singer, you could enrich the lives of elderly people by bringing fun music sessions to residential care homes in your local area. Musical Moments was set up in 2011 after founder Beckie Morley realised what a positive impact music had on her Nan’s dementia. Now, it offers enriching activities to elderly people across the UK through its network of 15 franchisees.
- Becoming a Musical Moments franchisee: You must be a good singer or instrumentalist who is comfortable leading a group in singing activities, as well as confident working with groups and able to access your own car to bring equipment to sessions.
- How much you need to invest: For just £5,999, you could become part of the Musical Moments network. You’ll also pay a 10 percent support fee, much of which is reinvested into the business for advertising and marketing.
- What you get for your investment: You’ll receive ongoing financial, marketing, personal development and professional support, as well as free team socials, and training and fundraising activities. Every franchisee also receives resources, including a kit box and uniforms, detailed activity guides, complimentary DBS check and support securing their first clients.
Start a music franchise unit today
The power of music on our happiness and wellbeing is incredible, so imagine how fulfilling a career in the sector could be. It’s clear the music industry is still popular and, despite the challenges 2020 has thrown at it, plenty of rewarding opportunities for a career still exist. If you’d like to browse our expansive UK franchise directory, we have more than 300 franchises to choose from.
Sophie Cole, Point Franchise ©