School of Rock

School of Rock

Music education
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#215 Ranked #219 last year
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Initial investment
$323K - $521K
Units as of 2021
293 36.9% over 3 years

Company Overview

Paul Green began offering music lessons out of his home in 1998, and in 2000, he opened the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Philadelphia. He opened more locations and began franchising the schools in 2005 before being bought out by investor Sterling Partners, who changed the name to School of Rock. School of Rock music schools teach guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums, combining weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students for live performances. Day camps are also offered during summer, winter and spring breaks.

About School of Rock

Founded
1998
Parent Company
School of Rock LLC
Leadership
Rob Price, CEO
Sponsored Content

More from School of Rock

About

band on stage

With more than 20 years of experience and over 260 schools throughout North and South America, Africa and Asia Pacific, School of Rock is the leader in performance-based after school music education. We were recently named a Forbes Best Franchise (#2 in the Medium Investment Level) and the #1 Music Franchise in America, as well as an Entrepreneur Magazine Top 200 Franchise and the #1 Child Enrichment Franchise for 2020. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment, combining weekly one-on-one lessons with structured group rehearsals that culminate in a live performance in front of real crowds in real rock venues.

Through our performance-based approach to teaching music, our students are more inspired to learn, more motivated to excel and more confident in everything they do. Our series of programs are specifically designed to take each student on a unique musical journey, always giving them something to aspire to. Whether they are a complete novice or a seasoned musician there will always be something new and challenging for them to tackle. Our students not only learn to be great musicians, but they also establish a work ethic, learn teamwork and gain confidence that they can take with them throughout their lives.

Benefits

5 Reasons School of Rock is a Unique Franchising Experience

students playing instruments
  • Make a Real Difference: Impact children's lives through music.
  • Turn Your Passion Into Profit: Your love for music can be your career.
  • Financing Options Available: If you meet our minimum requirements, our partnership with ApplePie Capital makes financing easy.
  • Simplified Application Process: Get your new school open faster than ever.
  • Real Estate Development Services: Take the work out of developing your franchise's storefront.

Testimonials

"I am 100% meeting my goals. For me, the School of Rock investment is amazing. It’s central to everything I’m about. I care about people, I care about helping kids, I love music and we’re generating cash. It’s phenomenal."
- MATT ROSS (Former School of Rock CEO)
Chatham, NJ School of Rock & Cresskill and Clark, NJ, School or Rock

woman singing

"This is a fulfilling enterprise. This is really about self-actualization and achieving a dream of having a high-profile positive impact in the community. You can look long and hard from Alaska to Miami, but it’s really difficult to find a business you can start that’s actually fun. Maybe you can make $100 more a month at a franchise deli shop, but you’re making sandwiches. This is so much more unique."
- Charles Stevenson
Chicago West School of Rock

"There’s absolutely nothing like it. It’s a proven model: The opportunity and the structure of the business and the programs are a success. There’s nothing out there in the majority of markets I know of that can compete on that level. You may have some mom-and-pop type of schools that do something similar, but we’re a global brand."
- Bea Escobar
Fayetteville, AR, School of Rock

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
2005 (16 years)
# of employees at HQ
30
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming

# of Units
293 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
1 Wattles St.
Canton, MA 02021

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a School of Rock franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$49,900
Initial Investment
$322,500 - $521,100
Net Worth Requirement
$350,000
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Veteran Incentives
10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
8%
Ad Royalty Fee
3%
Term of Agreement
10 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
School of Rock has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
1 hour
Classroom Training
41 hours
Additional Training
Additional training as needed
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
14-21
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Ranked #215

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #95

Fastest-Growing Franchises

Ranked #118

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #1

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Updated: February 8th, 2021