Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The BRIT School launches BRIT Transforms

30March, 2022

The BRIT School is one of the world’s leading free creative arts schools, preparing students for a working life in the creative industries. In its 30th anniversary year the school is delighted to announce both the launch of the BRIT Transforms Revue - a survey highlighting how The BRIT School has transformed lives of young people – as well as for the first time, an ambitious £10m fundraising campaign in order to ensure that its extraordinary work in placing students within the creative industries - the fastest growing of the UK economy - can continue.

The announcement today is an important part of the 30th  anniversary year which includes an event last night (29th March) where the BRIT Transforms Revue was launched. The event which is supported by Mastercard, Hipgnosis, Live Nation, McCann, PRS for Music and The Other Songs, was attended by a number of alumni including Cush Jumbo, Katie Melua, Dan Gillespie Sells and Kiera-Nicole Brennan. It took place at The Garden, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, generously provided by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the evening, an avid supporter of the School, who said in a video message: 

“The BRIT School is one of the greatest success stories of our culture in Britain today. It is incredibly diverse and extraordinary in its breadth of the training that it gives in all of the disciplines necessary in theatre and music. I’ve never been more impressed anywhere- in any country in the world- it’s just astounding.” 

The recently announced new Chair of the Board of Trustees Josh Berger CBE said: 

“The BRIT School takes young people from every background and turns them into our next generation of talent. I’ve seen first-hand the critical importance that The BRIT School plays in providing a free arts education and I am excited and proud to be able to help build on its legacy – the school is indispensable to the future of the creative industries in the UK and beyond.”

The BRIT School was established in 1991 with the support of The BRIT Trust, who remain its largest sponsor. The School has trained over 10,000 young people in music, theatre, dance, media, live production, the digital and visual arts. The School’s alumni include Adele, Loyle Carner, Tom Holland, Amy Winehouse, Cush Jumbo, and many other notable artists, and creative professionals working at leading companies including Apple, BBC, Facebook, Sky, and TikTok among many others. 

In 2021, Flow Associates were commissioned to review data collected through The BRIT School’s 30th anniversary survey, which was sent to all alumni who graduated between 1993 and 2021. The key findings were that:

  • Powerfully, 87% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their family would have struggled to afford a private secondary arts education if they had not come to The BRIT School for free.
  • 98% of respondents agree or strongly agree that “BRIT made me feel welcome, regardless of my financial or ethnic background or sexual orientation” proving that The BRIT School nurtures personal development and confidence, and people leave with a better idea of who they are.
  • 60% of respondents consider themselves to be working in the creative industries demonstrating that The BRIT School provides a platform for growth, an essential stepping stone in their careers. However all students are supported in whatever sector they build their careers with 40% working in areas including education, HR, health & social care, finance and in the business world.

The BRIT School Principal – Stuart Worden says:

“The BRIT Transforms Revue demonstrates how the School has impacted on the lives of our many students. I am particularly proud of how our values - to be original, ambitious, responsible, inclusive, kind and free - are reinforced by our graduates’ views that we supported them, that they could be themselves, that we were kind and inclusive and that BRIT played a part as they went onto remarkable careers in the creative industries and beyond. 
We cannot, however, continue to do this work without real investment and we hope everyone can play their part in our BRIT Transforms Campaign to keep the School a beacon of creative excellence. With the thrill of Josh Berger’s arrival, the Board of Trustees and the extraordinary BRIT family, I know we can achieve great things.”

The BRIT Transforms Campaign is a £10 million campaign to transform the lives of young artists from all backgrounds, giving them the education, skills and opportunities for careers in the creative industries - the UK’s largest growing sector - and beyond. You can support the pipeline of young talent by visiting https://www.brit.croydon.sch.uk/support