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The arts inspire, unite and challenge us all. We invest in the artists of today and tomorrow, commissioning work, training professionals and presenting in London and around the world.
Donations from businesses, trusts, and thousands of generous individuals give over 100 young people a day, from all walks of life, the chance to work with experts in learning projects across every genre: Music, Film, Theatre, Art and Dance. Together with your help we present to you the world's best artists of today and tomorrow.
In tough financial times, we need extra support more than ever. It's only with help from our donors that we can promise the most exciting artists a platform to develop amazing work and inspire you.
How your support helps
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'You can really see the passion and the love everyone has for the arts'
Fiona Shaw shares how the Barbican helps encourage and inspire artists and we speak to some of the young people who bring our education projects to life every year.
Barbican Patrons champion international programming, bold commissions and opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to access world-class arts for free.
A growing group of influential and adventurous supporters, our Patrons enjoy a personal relationship with the Barbican in recognition of their annual support. Gifts are acknowledged around the Centre, and we ensure that Patrons have many opportunities to experience the arts and learning programmes that their donations make possible.
As a fully philanthropic programme, 100% of a donation to Barbican Patrons is eligible for Gift Aid and helps us to present a huge array of home-grown and international talent on our stages and in local communities.
The Barbican has ambitious plans for the future. Join us on the journey.
Leave a legacy to ensure future generations can enjoy what you love about the Barbican. By remembering the Barbican in your will, you will be helping to guarantee that our world-class artistic programming can continue to delight, challenge and amaze and that our pioneering creative learning programme can inspire people of all ages and backgrounds through the arts.
Legacies can be made in favour of the Barbican Centre’s charitable arm, the Barbican Centre Trust (UK registered charity no. 294282). We are very grateful for every bequest we receive.
Bequests to a charity can be an effective way to reduce the total amount of tax liable on your estate. There are several types of legacy that you may wish to consider. Gifts can be a specified sum of money, a proportion of your residuary estate or an item or asset. Your solicitor can advise you on the different ways in which your assets can be distributed and ensure your intentions are expressed in the correct legal terms.
Amending an existing will is straightforward: a codicil is added to reflect the change in your wishes. Your solicitor can advise you on the correct way in which to do this, to ensure that the amendment is legally valid.
The Barbican Centre Trust has established the American Friends of the Barbican Fund with NPT-UK, a disregarded entity of a 501(c) (3) in the US.
Donations made to the American Friends of the Barbican Fund through NPT-UK are eligible for tax relief in the US and, if you are also a UK tax payer, in the UK through the Gift Aid scheme.
NPT-UK manages all administration including gift acceptance, gift compliance, accounting and record-keeping on behalf of you, the donor, and us, the Charity.
The minimum contribution to NPT-UK is $3,200 (approx. 2,000 GBP), and is subject to an administrative fee, charged by NPT-UK for handling your donation and forwarding it to the Barbican. Please download the form on the right for more information about making your gift.
We welcome all donors to the American Friends of the Barbican Fund to become Barbican Patrons (unless otherwise discussed) and enjoy a closer relationship with the Barbican.
5% of first $40,000: 1% of donations of $40,000 - $160,000; 0% of donations of $160,000 plus. Fees capped at $3,200 (£2,000).
For donations of less than $3,200 (but greater than $500), you can make your gift via CAFAmerica, which is registered in the US as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organisation. CAFAmerica will charge an administrative fee of 8% for handling your donation and forwarding it to the Barbican.
Please note: Donations of less than $500 will be returned to the donor less applicable administrative fees.
Please download the form on the right for more information about CAF America and administrative fees.
The UK and US governments support charitable giving and offer a series of tax benefits to encourage philanthropy. You can find more information about this below.
All personal donations to the Barbican Centre Trust Ltd are eligible for Gift Aid. This means that the Trust is able to reclaim the tax on your support at no extra cost to you.
This is very important to us as it means we can increase the value of your gift to the Barbican by 25%. For example, with Gift Aid a £10 donation to the Barbican Fund could be worth £12.50, or a £1,200 gift to Barbican Patrons could be worth to £1,500.
You just need to be a UK tax payer and pay UK income or capital gains tax to the value we (and any other eligible charities you support) will claim on your donation – 25% of the total value.
Any UK tax payer can agree to Gift Aid, but the scheme can be especially beneficial to higher rate tax payers. If you pay UK income tax at the higher or additional rates, you may be entitled to claim additional tax relief on your donations. This equates to 25p in personal tax relief on every £1 donated, effectively reducing the actual cost of your donations.
You can make a single declaration to cover all past, present and future donations. However, if your circumstances change and you cease to pay tax, or you change your name or private home address, please let the Barbican know.
Gift of Shares
If you own shares which show a capital gain and/or pay UK income tax at the higher or additional rates, you may find it effective to make a gift of shares to the Barbican Centre. As the Barbican Centre is a registered charity, the market value of your gift can be offset against your taxable income and no capital gains tax are payable.
Your investment manager or broker will be able to advise you of the mechanics of making such a transfer. It is also essential you record evidence of your gift for the Tax Office.
Payroll Giving or Match Giving
If your employer or pension provider runs a matched giving or payroll giving scheme through PAYE, you can make tax efficient gifts as pre-tax deductions from your salary or pension.
Donations are made after national insurance contributions are calculated, but before income tax is calculated and deducted. This means you do not pay tax on this donated income – immediate tax relief.
You do not have to disclose the recipient charity to your company (as they simply act as a conduit to government approved giving agencies). Your HR team or pension manager will be able to advise if your employer/provider runs an eligible programme and provide the necessary forms.
Charitable Trust or CAF Voucher
If you donate to a number of charities, you may choose to set up a Corporate or personal Trust, or an account with CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) or other philanthropic Trust. The Barbican Centre Trust, as a registered Charity, can accept philanthropic gifts made through such organisations.
'Business Membership at the Barbican gives us access to one of Europe's largest multi-arts centres, providing us with a range of art, music, theatre, film and events which enriches the life of the office and promotes social interaction.' Tom Heylen, London Managing Partner, DLA Piper
Business Membership provides a variety of exciting opportunities to entertain your clients and to reward your employees. Business Members enjoy unrivalled access to London’s most diverse artistic programme.
You can create truly outstanding events such as a private view in one of our art galleries, an exclusive cinema screening, or a reception in our conservatory before a concert or performance.
Staff receive discounted and free tickets, family offers, access to the members lounge, our private members bar, invitations to special occasions and reductions on food and drink in our three restaurants.
Your membership entitles you to exclusive rates on hire of our conference spaces, screening rooms and business event facilities.
Business Members are recognised across the Barbican, in printed materials and online.
'At Linklaters we are privileged to have the Barbican as one of our closest neighbours. Their work energises and inspires our people and I am delighted that we are now also partnering with the Barbican to begin sharing that inspiration and energy with young people in Hackney.' Nigel Jones, Partner, Linklaters LLP
The Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning division offers programmes for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds – from introductions to the arts, to sustained programmes for skills development, through to professional development for artists and educators.
We work on-site and at partner venues in Islington and the City, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham and Barking & Dagenham. Projects introduce new audiences to the arts and help transform those involved by building confidence and community, while developing vital life skills
Over the last two years, 25,000 people have been involved in projects, and their performances reached audiences of over 60,000.
In line with your community and philanthropic objectives, the Barbican can offer diverse engagement opportunities for your business including:
- Events for staff, clients or stakeholders – from school visits to student visits to your offices
- Acknowledgment across Barbican marketing and communications
- Dedicated content for your communications
- Staff volunteering programme
- Staff workshops with artists / mentors
Get in touch to find out more:
Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager
0207 382 7134
Sponsorship of the Barbican Centre and its electrifying artistic programme brings your brand to life. From an association with an Art Gallery exhibition to naming rights of our Film programme, we create bespoke packages across all art forms that are tailored to your business objectives. Our sponsorships integrate your brand at every stage, providing:
- Brand awareness
- Unique access
- Product integration and showcasing
- Exclusive entertaining
- Staff initiatives
- Marketing and communications
Contact us for the latest opportunities or to brief us on your sponsorship requirements for a bespoke package:
Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager
0207 382 7128
Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager
0207 382 5288
Trusts & grantmakers
The Barbican's vision is world-class arts and learning. The support we receive from trusts, public funders, livery companies, cultural institutes and embassies is vital to achieving this aim. We welcome and rely on support for:
- A world-class artistic and events programme
- Our ground-breaking creative learning programme
- Capital projects
The Barbican is very grateful to our supporters.