Why Fund Me?
There are only a few Masters of Wine, just shy of 500. I want to join this elite club before everyone else does. But. It costs a LOT of money to do so. More money than I have.
"Look, I'm not suggesting you help me to become a Jedi, Luke, I just need you to chip in a tenner like everyone else."
So, I'm asking you for help, in return for rewards. Will you help make me a master?
Plus, Master Of Wine sounds cool.
Watch the video, it explains everything you need to know. If you want to chip in, please do.
It's More Rewarding if You Join In!
Under £50 - THANK YOU!!!... I promise you I'll try my hardest. In return you'll feel a sense of pride that you played your part in making it all happen.
Over £50 - YOU. ARE. AWESOME. I'll sign you up to my Subscription Newsletter . You'll get exclusive commentary on the wine industry from me, updates on the inner workings of the MW process, and my take on all things wine. There will be the occasional fantastical offers on cases of wine. All that and some glib comments on the snooker wrapped up into a weekly email.
£100 or more & I'll be your best friend forever. Plus. I promise that once the title of Master is achieved, we'll work out something together that covers the cost of your investment in me, plus a little interest. Maybe I'll host a wine tasting for you and your friends, host an evening at your wine bar or restaurant? Or, you know what, suggest some ideas and we'll figure it out.
Whats a Master of Wine?
The Institute of Masters of Wine will explain that for you.
"The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine.
By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name.
The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. "
So, What Do I Need?
£5k per year for the Course Fees.
There are of course lots of other associated costs that I will endeavor to cover myself along the way, such as travel, residential learning weeks and the enormous volume of wine I'll be required to "taste" with other students.
So this GoFundMe is for Year 1. I'll stop accepting donations in March of 2021.
Assuming I'm accepted to the Study Programme , and pass the first year, I'll run a similar campaign in 2022 for Year 2.
What's the TimeLine?
Applications to the MW study programme will reopen in May 2021.
There's the application process and entrance exams to take in Summer 2020.
I'll know if I've been accepted in September 2021.
I'm aiming to hit my £5k target before applying in May 2021. If I fail the entrance exams or for whatever reason don't get accepted on the Study Program in Sept 2021, then 100% of the funds raised will be donated to The Drinks Trust.
Why Can't You Afford It Yourself?
Lots of people either have enough money themselves, quite simply,, I don't.
A good number of students are sponsored by their employers, which I don't.
I could take out a bank loan, I guess?
By getting you lot invested in my progress, it holds me to account.
As a bona fide chipper-innerer, you'll be holding me to account to pass the exams, and that's the real deal here.
A bank loan would only hold me to account to pay the money back.
What if I don't meet the target?
GoFundMe don't have time limits and deadlines as such.
Every penny will be held in a separate account until I'm, required to pay my Year 1 course fees, assuming I get accepted.
If I don't get accepted onto the Year 1 Study Program, then I'll donate it to The Drinks Trust
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