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Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

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We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Cash help for music learners around the world as global fund re-opens

2 months ago


ABRSM fund to help tackle barriers to music learning

A global fund set up by the UK-based ABRSM music education charity to help provide inspiring experiences for music learners in different corners of the world re-opens today (20th January).

The International Sponsorship Fund (ISF) aims to help tackle barriers to music education by providing one-off grants of up to £5,000 for projects.

Eligible projects must work outside the UK and Ireland to encourage progression in music learning through community activities, such as local festivals and outreach work, or high quality performance opportunities for young musicians in youth chamber ensembles, orchestras and choirs.

The ISF was set up by ABRSM in 2012. It has so far helped more than 30 different organisations across Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America and the Caribbean by helping buy and repair instruments, train teachers and support education projects using music to motivate and support young people.

ABRSM Chief Executive Chris Cobb said: “ABRSM is committed to supporting music progression around the world but we know that COVID-19 has made access to music learning even more challenging for communities in some areas.

“That’s why we’re particularly pleased to be launching this year’s International Sponsorship Fund and, more than ever, looking forward to applications which help meet the needs of music learners where the need is greatest – whether they are within the western classical music tradition or not.”

ABRSM supports the musical journeys of learners by working in 93 different countries to provide music assessments and educational resources and promote the power and value of music education.

Projects interested in applying to the 2021 fund can find out more here.

Applications to the fund must be received by 20 April.

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