The Bardic College of Ealdormere is a voluntary association of *anyone* interested in the Bardic Arts.
The purpose of the College is to support the Bardic Arts within the Kingdom of Ealdormere and abroad, and to spread the knowledge and skills of its members. Some of the ways the College has done this in the past have included publications (notably The Cry of the Wolf songbooks and chapbooks), recordings (the Bardic Kitchen Party albums), and fundraising contributions to the Ealdormere Teachers' Fund.
Do you have to be a Kingdom/Baronial Bard? No. Do you have to be sponsored/put forth for membership by an “official” bard or current member of the College? No. Do you have to be a renowned performer/author? No.
Do you have to be someone who enjoyed and supports the Bardic Arts? Yes! That's all it takes. Unlike other kingdoms, which may have their bardic Colleges structured as a challenge order, a sponsorship order, or an exclusive guild, the Ealdormere Bardic College is an organization open to all who may wish to join. Furthermore, the College is a democratic association, where the Kingdom Bard is simply a figurehead “leader”. Anyone has the right to call a meeting, bring up business, suggest ideas, start a new project, etc.
No one has the right to tell anyone else they are not a member or are unwelcome in the College without open discussion and consensus of the College. The college exists to be a supportive, bully-free zone and will not tolerate any form of “bard shaming” from within.
In short, the Ealdormere Bardic College is for anyone and everyone. It is our hope that we can collectively make it the kind of association people will be proud to claim membership within.
Text written by The Honourable Lady Emer ingen Uí Áedán.
*This is not a comprehensive list. Additions to this list are encouraged.