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Become a Bursar

If you want to make a life-changing contribution to the next generation of artists, academics and performers, join our Bursar Club today.
A mentor pair stands together in warm winter coats.
Mentor pair celebrates a year of mentoring. Photo: Lilla Nyeki

Inequality is rising in every part of society. Prior to the pandemic, the cultural and creative industries already had extremely low social mobility. It's only getting worse right now, but you can still create the chance of a lifetime for somebody by becoming an Arts Emergency Bursar today.

It is vital that those of us weathering this storm send ladders down so people in less secure positions make it through.

A generational crisis like this requires a powerful movement. With thousands of volunteers, national reach and years of social impact behind us, Arts Emergency is uniquely placed to offer hope and a positive path forward to thousands of young people. We've developed a low cost, high impact organising model that has proven flexible and invaluable during this pandemic, and we want to keep on growing.

We are seeking 24 people and organisations between now and Christmas who are willing to think long term, pledge annually, and help hundreds of teenagers get the personal networks, professional contacts and industry knowledge that are so crucial to their life chances.

Our Bursar Club is a small funding circle who pledge £1,000 or more to us annually. Historically, this has been the average cost of supporting a young person’s nine year long place with Arts Emergency.

A £1,000 annual pledge works out as under £20 a week, and you can pay monthly or annually. Your generous donation will go towards our hard to fund core costs at a time when we’ve never been needed more. Our Bursars enjoy invitations to events, updates from our co-founders and a personal thank you pack.

Please, if you can, join our Bursar Club. There is no greater way to pass on your privilege.

Get in touch with our Fundraising Manager, Lucy about alternative ways to donate, giving in someone's name or if you are considering giving at a higher level.

Do something. Start small, start local, keep going.