School of Rock Franchise Experiences Domestic and International Growth as the Brand Leader in Music Education for Kids

Offering Multi and Single Unit Franchise Opportunities Nationwide

NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SCHOOL OF ROCK, the national brand leader in music education for kids, is offering a chance to live one's rock and roll dreams as a franchisee. Channeling the energy of rock & roll, the SCHOOL OF ROCK music program is available to entrepreneurs who are looking for a way to grow a viable business while providing today's youth with music education, guidance, inspiration and a creative outlet. Already in 58 locations in 26 states and Mexico, SCHOOL OF ROCK has developed an aggressive growth strategy and is actively seeking franchisees throughout the United States.

As music education continues to suffer nationwide cutbacks and public schools are forced to eliminate music and arts curriculum, SCHOOL OF ROCK is experiencing explosive growth to meet the demand of kids and parents who want to learn how to play music. With a proprietary performance-based curriculum teaching kids to play rock music in a unique and interactive way, SCHOOL OF ROCK is changing the way kids learn to play & perform music across the country. While there is ample one-on-one instruction for individual instruments, the curriculum emphasizes group session and ensemble playing and performance. The company, whose mission is to inspire kids to rock on stage and in life, has grown into a nationally recognized brand since its inception in 1998. SCHOOL OF ROCK appeals directly to parents who grew up on classic rock and roll and their children who are immersed in the "performance renaissance" popularized by cultural phenomena such as American Idol, Guitar Hero, Rock Band video games and the hit TV show Glee.

"I have worked in music and media businesses for 25 years and five years ago became a franchise owner with SCHOOL OF ROCK. I believed the vision so much I made it my life's work," said Matt Ross, CEO of SCHOOL OF ROCK. "The entire surrounding area is affected in a very positive way as the power of music brings youth and families together, helps students reach their potential, and most importantly provides an outlet to celebrate the best music ever made and one of the cornerstones of our culture – classic rock."

Savvy Owners for an Exceptional Opportunity

SCHOOL OF ROCK is actively seeking qualified multi-unit and single unit franchisees. SCHOOL OF ROCK franchise owners grew up listening to music and have a particular affinity toward classic Rock & Roll. As lives develop, many people find the need to transition into a career closer to their heart, values, interests and business experience. Current franchise owners have families of their own, actively participate in the business and enjoy networking within their communities. The desire to mentor students, combined with a passion for rock music, ability to liaison with parents, coupled with prior business experience makes for a successful franchisee.

"We find the most successful SCHOOL OF ROCK franchise owners are driven by their passion for music as well as a motivation to mentor youth. These ingredients are essential to understanding how a SCHOOL OF ROCK business must connect with the community. Ultimately, it's all about the music," said Rich Agar, Vice President of Franchise Development.

Out of the 58 SCHOOL OF ROCK locations, 36 are franchises and 22 are company-owned and operated. "There aren't many current franchise offerings that provide as much access to territory as SCHOOL OF ROCK. There are markets where a multi-unit owner can be the only franchisee in the market and thus secure all cooperative relationships with venues, instrument retailers and local Chambers of Commerce. In addition, a single owner can provide a level of continuity across multiple sites," added Agar.

About School of Rock:

School of Rock is the national brand leader in music education for kids. Our mission is to inspire kids to rock on stage and in life. Our performance-based curriculum teaches kids to play rock music in a unique and interactive way, which is changing the way kids learn to play music across America. Professional musicians teach students of all levels, developing both their music skills and confidence. School of Rock operates 58 schools in 26 states and has developed an aggressive growth strategy seeking franchisees throughout the United States.

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