School of Rock is the fastest-growing music education franchise in the world, hitting multiple milestones in 2021 including expanding into three overseas markets, opening its 301st school, and growing its student count 34 per cent from 22,000 to over 50,000.
The U.S.-based brand broadened its curriculum to include a greater range of diversity, including Black and female artists as part of its established repertoire of iconic musicians and expanded into retail musical instruments and accessories sales with the School of Rock GearSelect program through partnerships with 40 of the world’s most recognizable gear brands.
School of Rock’s proven track record earned it the honor of “Best Children’s Service and Education Franchise” for the second year in a row and “Regional Champion” in the Americas category for the 2022 Global Franchise Awards.
The franchise’s global footprint continues to grow rapidly with over 500 School of Rock locations open or in development in 15 countries: the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Philippines, Taiwan, and Australia. School of Rock’s mission to enrich lives through the power of performance-based music education is made simple with a concept that travels well, due to low logistical, supply chain, technological, language and operational complexity.
Popular music and child enrichment are universal, and the business model allows customization to celebrate local popular music.
“Few brands resonate equally in markets as different as Minneapolis and Madrid, but the School of Rock model has universal appeal,” said Rob Price, CEO of School of Rock.
Comprehensive musical education
The concept is more potent than traditional music programs, combining private lessons powered by the patented School of Rock Method with weekly ensemble practices. Students learn theory, practice, and life skills through intensive, but fun preparation for live shows in real venues. Group learning teaches both technical and soft skills and this revolutionary approach increases retention, results and brand consideration.
The program serves children as young as four years old through grandparents who want to release their inner rock star. This core program, combined with camps, workshops, global touring opportunities and other special events is helping us build the largest community of music creators in the world.
School of Rock understands what it takes to succeed and has a proven track record going back to the mid-’90s. Over the years, it has developed the techniques, the business processes, and the franchisee-centric culture that provides franchisees a blueprint for their own success.
School of Rock is excited and passionate about its current international growth and future potential. The criteria is simple; if there is a love of Rock music and a desire to learn in a group format, then there is potential for School of Rock.
School of Rock is searching for well-qualified candidates interested in acquiring the master franchise rights for their countries. Whether it be the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Japan, Korea or Singapore, among others, there is an opportunity to bring the most revolutionary music education school in the world home to your country.
At a Glance School of Rock
Year established: 1998
Number of franchised outlets: 301
Location of units: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, U.S.
Investment range: $1.5m+ for master development, $322,000 – $521,000 for individual units
Minimum required capital: $1m for master franchisees, $125,000 in liquid assets and $350,000 in net worth (a single candidate or the sum of the assets of a group of investors) for single, domestic units