In 1989 when the Trust was formed, the UK music business was enjoying a good relationship with the Government; 1988 had seen the introduction of the new Copyright Act in which it had had a great deal of influence. The BRIT Trust was formed as the charitable arm of the recorded music business (through the BPI) with a view to working with the Government for the creation of a CTC School (City Technology College).
The BRIT School was opened in September 1991, celebrating its silver anniversary in 2016. The Trust is the sponsor of the school and since its inception has donated it over £13m. Unfortunately, in the current climate, the School needs to raise even more money to continue to fund the 400 public performances it gives each year plus a number of other activities that would relate specifically to a performing arts school.