More than 700 individuals dedicate countless hours and endless energy to support the success of UMS. From performance ushers and singers in the UMS Choral Union to student interns and community members who help oversee and implement UMS programs, volunteers donate an estimated 45,000 hours a year in support of UMS.
Review the many ways in which you could volunteer for UMS, and then submit your volunteer interests through the form at the bottom of this page.
If you are passionate about the arts and would like to connect deeply with UMS, Ambassadors may be a great match for you.
More than 45 members of the UMS Ambassadors work to increase awareness of and participation in UMS programs through assisting UMS staff with projects and special events, ushering at UMS school-day performances, hosting unique community events, helping to create partnerships with various U-M and community groups, and providing support to UMS in countless other ways. UMS Ambassadors are the champions of UMS’s community engagement mission. Learn more about UMS Ambassadors.
The UMS Ambassadors have put together an extensive history of their work since 1972 [pdf].
The UMS Volunteer Usher Corps consists of a dedicated group of people who enjoy the performing arts. Ushers contribute to enhancing the audience members experience through their positive attitude and knowledge of performances. Typical tasks include greeting patrons, distributing programs, directing patrons to seats, addressing disturbances and distractions, and assisting patrons with special needs.
Ushers are expected to report up to an hour and a half prior to the performance start time. All ushers must meet a minimum yearly requirement of volunteer for 5 performances within a performance season. Those who are more committed can join one of our many usher crews geared towards volunteering specific performance venues.
Due to the effects the Covid-19 pandemic is having on our 2020-21 season, we are currently not accepting applications for new Ushers. Please fill out our Usher interest form if you would like to be on the interest list. When we are able to start recruiting ushers again, we will send an email to all people on the interest list with the next steps.
If you love attending performances and have a few hours to help UMS in the Ann Arbor, Saline, or Ypsilanti area, this program is perfect for you. Volunteers earn two tickets in exchange for posting promotional posters in local businesses and neighborhoods.
The UMS Student Committee is an official student organization at the University of Michigan! Students focus on connecting the campus community to the performing arts through UMS performances and experiences.
Each season, the Student Committee creates and executes marketing plans, plans events, and interacts with staff for a select number of UMS performances. Students have found that the committee is a really satisfying, social way to stay connected to the arts during school. To top it off, you can earn tickets to UMS performances!
You can join at any time!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.