12th June 2018
Social mobility and diversity in the arts have been hotly debated over the years with fears that working-class children are being denied the opportunity to participate due to rising costs of training.
Stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne were cited as typical of those at performing arts colleges who came from privileged backgrounds with fears being that it was becoming increasingly difficult for working-class talent to succeed.
"I actually gained a scholarship to go to college but I still had no money to live and to buy the shoes and equipment I needed. I couldn’t pay my rent so I had no other option but to leave."
Denise’s passion to perform and drive and determination meant that she would regularly get the overnight bus from Scotland to London to audition and her tenacity enabled her to gain professional employment before she took the leap into setting up her own theatre school. Coming from a working-class background herself, her one dream was to make performing arts as accessible to as many young people as possible.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been offering young performers the chance to win a scholarship consisting of a year’s free tuition, worth approximately £600, with their local Razzamataz in association with The Stage newspaper since 2010. As a company, Razzamataz has given around £30,000 worth of scholarships every year, accumulating to circa £200,000 worth of scholarship places over the years across the UK.
This exciting partnership has enabled young people across the UK to get involved in performing arts, many for the first time. It has also given students the confidence to go on and secure prestigious places at college and university.
"Winning a scholarship with The Stage has been wonderful for the students and given them the belief in themselves to go on and achieve their dreams. As a business, we have helped lots of families over the years and inspired young people to enjoy the theatre arts and that is one of my proudest achievements."
Remembering her own financial struggle at college was the driving force for Denise and the Razzamataz schools to set up their own charity called Future Fund, which helps fund students in performing arts colleges once they leave Razzamataz.
"The charity was set up in 2008 to give back to the students and their families who have been with us over the years. Had I been given the chance to audition for additional funds to help with my living costs, it would have been a lifeline for me. To date, we have raised more than £50,000 and supported many students who may not have been able to complete their courses without the extra funding."
Razzamataz Theatre Schools are also very proud of the 50% sibling discounts they offer, which has made a huge difference to many families trying to offer their children wonderful opportunities.
"Everyone at Razzamataz is passionate about the benefits of performing arts to children and young people. We will continue to make sure that this is an area where all children can have opportunities regardless of their economic background."
If you would like to open your own theatre school and join the network of Principals, Razzamataz holds regular Discovery Den days across the UK where potential franchisees get a chance to meet the head office team, find out more about franchising in general and discover what it is like to run a part-time theatre school.
15th June 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools have developed a training system that works for all.
4th June 2018
Two Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisees have been announced as finalist in bfa awards.
14th May 2018
Razzamataz was delighted to exclusively host Kerry Ellis’s singing and performing masterclasses in Scotland, Sheffield and London for its students.
1st May 2018
Razzamataz discuss franchisees exit strategy because with the right support in place the potential resale value is an exciting prospect.
27th April 2018
To add to its long list of awards, incentives and support initiatives, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has launched a new incentive for franchisees.
24th April 2018
Razzamataz Early Years Franchise has been created for people wanting to work in the children’s performing arts industry.
3rd April 2018
Students from Razzamataz Tonbridge got the opportunity to dance with Darcey Bussell.
23rd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre School in Sutton Coldfield are supporting a Ugandan student to attend school.
22nd March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools is backing ITV’s This Morning’s newly launched Be Kind Campaign.
13th March 2018
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has joined the ranks of the elite after their own franchisees provided feedback for an industry survey for a second year in a row.
23rd February 2018
To help to encourage youngsters to try something new, Razzamataz Theatre Schools is hosting a National Bring a Friend Day.
8th February 2018
Teamwork triumphed at the, Dragons' Den backed, Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise conference.
23rd January 2018
Aspiring Razzamataz performers are given the chance to work with a top industry professional.
18th December 2017
Razzamataz have started preparation for GDPR already so they have plenty of time to make sure their Principals are fully up to date when the new regulations come into force in May 2018.
1st December 2017
Razzamataz students travelled to Disneyland® Paris for a special performance opportunity.
27th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Cambridge will be performing alongside Collabro.
20th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools children take part in a special performance during Disneyland® Paris anniversary.
16th October 2017
Youngsters from Razzamataz Theatre Schools have been raising money for the company’s charity Future Fund.
9th October 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools fully support the development of the hundreds of teachers who work across the network of theatre schools.
2nd October 2017
National Work Life Week gives the opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being and creating a good work-life balance.
18th September 2017
Scholarship winners will be taking up their places with their local Razzamataz schools in September.
21st August 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools allow children to find their place in the world through performing arts.
1st August 2017
Razzamataz franchise has once again supported its students in helping them achieve their professional dreams of working in the performing arts industry.
3rd July 2017
Razzamataz Theatre Schools will be hosting a gala performance at the indigo at The 02 on Sunday 18th November 2018.
29th June 2017
In the Smith & Henderson survey Razzamataz Theatre Schools was scored so highly that they received a 5 Star Franchise Satisfaction Award.
It was 10 years ago that I left hairdressing and for anyone thinking that it is too late to change their careers I would say step out of your comfort zone and just do it. I never thought I would be able to and it’s the best thing I have done and wished I’d done it years ago!Pam Dixon, Razzamataz Dumfries
I specifically wanted to go for a franchise, and in particular Razzamataz because of the support from Head Office and other Principals. This is a network of theatre school owners so you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.Alison Beveridge, Razzamataz Durham.
The support and training we get means that we can get help on any aspect of our business. It has also been a fantastic and rewarding way of working, allowing me to continue to be there for the family while running my own business.Lisa Roberts, Razzamataz Rickmansworth
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