FAQs

If you have a question please get in touch. 
Here are answers to some of the most common questions. 
How much do you need to raise? 
With fees of around £15,000 and living expenses of around £18,000 (see below for an estimate) I need to raise over £30,000 for the one-year course. 

What public funding is available to you?

Virtually nothing. 

The postgraduate loan system has just been updated but it surprisingly does not cover this course.

Why can’t you get yourself a part-time job like other students? 
Most university students have less than 20 hours of classes a week.
 
MA Acting students frequently have in excess of 50 hours of classes per week, with preparation time on top of that. Students are often discouraged from taking outside work. Some have to but their study is necessarily affected. 

Why fund an actor to train when there are already too many actors? 
Without funding, the profession would be inaccessible to some of the most talented actors we have. Thus only those with affluent backgrounds could afford the necessary training. The only criteria for access to training should be talent and commitment. 

Aren’t there better causes to support?

There is terrible poverty and injustice both in our society and in the world at large. If by supporting me you would give less to Oxfam, Shelter, Amnesty or similar then I ask you to focus your attention on these charities, whose work literally saves lives. However, if you are able to support me in addition to your charitable giving then you will be helping to lay the foundations for a great acting career. 

I also encourage everyone to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, which costs nothing and can help thousands of people.

Who else trained at the ArtsEd? 
Among others:

Julie Andrews, Nigel Havers, Martin Clunes, Margaret Lockwood, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Darcey Bussell, Bonnie Langford, Samantha Barks, Will Young, Tuppence Middleton, Nigel Harman, Michaela Strachan,Adam Cooper, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sally Anne Triplett, Poppy Drayton.

Why are you using PayPal.Me for online donations?
After researching ways to accept online donations, PayPal.Me offered the best combination of convenience and no (or low) fees. Many crowdfunding/giving websites take a percentage of donations as a fee. By using PayPal.Me I receive 100% of all online gifts. 

Do I have to use PayPal.Me?
Not at all! I'm more than happy to accept gifts in the form of cash, cheques or bank transfers. Please email me at andrew@andrewstainthorpe.co.uk or call me on the telephone number above and I'll contact you to make the arrangements.

How will you use the money?
Here’s an estimate of how your generous gifts could be spent.

Weekly outgoings
  • Rent - £250 
  • Food (£5/day) - £35 
  • Travel - £24
  • Course Materials* - £15
  • Bills & Emergencies - £20 
SUB-TOTAL: £344/week or £17,888/year

Annual Fees
  • £14,740
ANNUAL TOTAL:  £32,628

*e.g. books, specialist clothing, professional subscriptions and photography. These expenses are likely to be concentrated at the beginning and end of the course  

How do I join the NHS Organ Donor Register? 
You can register online or call 0300 123 23 23.

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