As the UK’s leading free performing and creative arts school for young people aged 14-19, The BRIT School has been an incubator for raw talent for over 30 years. We are delighted that Simons Muirhead Burton (SMB) have partnered with the school, contributing funds that will support our students and committing their team of music lawyers to sharing their industry knowledge and expertise.

Every young person attends The BRIT School for free as the school has a commitment to being accessible and inclusive. However, the school needs external investment in order to continue offering world-class training and professional facilities and equipment at no cost
to families. 

This partnership centres on a donation from SMB that will enable The BRIT School to remain free. The BRIT School is committed to breaking down social and financial barriers for young people who want creativity as part of their future, regardless of their background, beliefs or who they are. Based in Selhurst, one of the most deprived areas in the London Borough of Croydon, The BRIT School operates on the principle of inclusivity and the celebration of diversity in all its forms illustrated by its 10,000 plus former graduates working across the creative industries.

In addition to their charitable support, the SMB Music team, led by Richard Baskind, will be actively supporting, and participating in,  our student enrichment programme delivering a series of masterclasses, workshops and mentoring to the current Year 12 and 13 Music cohort. By directly sharing their skills and experience, SMB will in turn support the students’ learning outcomes and future careers.

Richard Baskind, partner at SMB and head of the music team, said: “When the opportunity of partnering with the BRIT School was first broached, we had been aware of the incredible impact the school has had on many young creatives’ lives for some time. Anyone who is connected to the creative industries and beyond will be aware of the work of the BRIT School alumni and the formidable reputation the school has built over the past 30 years. Now, having visited the school on so many occasions, attending showcases, observing and partaking in workshops and touring the world class facilities, SMB has really been able to witness, and be a part of, the dedication and talent the students and faculty alike bring into the school every day. We are proud to partner with the BRIT School, supporting the next generation of influential creatives and the hard work that Stuart and his team of educators do in nurturing these young people, preparing them for success in some of the most challenging business environments. Our team of music lawyers have been blown away by not only the artistic abilities displayed by BRIT School students but also their enterprise and aptitude for legal and business skills. We look forward to growing the partnership alongside them.”

Stuart Worden, Principal of The BRIT School said: “SMB have always been a friend to BRIT but this partnership will directly support both the needs of the School, helping keep BRIT the special place it has become, and also provides our students with relevant industry knowledge and expertise.”