Sir Paul McCartney’s LIPA

After an extensive campaign by Sir Paul McCartney, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) was launched in 1996 which he set up in his home city.  Outstanding achievements in the performing arts are awarded with Companionships by LIPA.

Located in the former Beatle’s old school, Liverpool Institute for Boys, LIPA was founded by Mark Featherstone-Witty and Sir Paul with the intention of offering the finest education and teaching for those who wish to follow a permanent career in performing arts, theatre and performance design together with technology and managing skills in the entertainment industry.

Numerous degree courses are offered by LIPA and more than 300 students, globally, attend the ceremony to collect their degree and postgraduate certificate. According to LIPA’s Principal and CEO of the schools, Mark Featherstone-Witty, more than 130 companions have played a role in the students learning.

LIPA Companionships have been presented, by the 69 year old Sir Paul, among others, to studio designer and acoustics expert, David Bell, former Madonna dancer, Steve Nestar, Grammy Award winner, Billy Ocean, community arts creator, Chris Johnston, actor Hannah Waddingham and record label executive, Caroline Elleray. Sir Paul attends the LIPA graduations every year and this year was accompanied by his fiancée, Nancy Shevell.