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Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

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Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM 

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is in February – for details see our dates and fees page

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Introducing the 2020 recipients of the International Sponsorship Fund

11 months ago


Since its inception in 2012, the ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund (ISF) has been supporting musical journeys worldwide.  ABRSM is committed to creating connections with music teachers and learners around the world as part of its mission to inspire musical achievement globally.  This is a fundamental part of ABRSM’s day-to-day work, as an advocate for the power and value of music education.  

The ISF focusses on music education projects and programmes whose activities touch on areas such as encouraging progression, providing opportunities where there are social or economic barriers to access, offering training for teachers, and providing inspiring experiences for learners.

We are delighted to announce this year’s ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund recipients:

  • Access Music Project (South Africa), which provides equal access to a competitive music education for young people in Makhanda;
  • Dhow Countries Music Academy (Tanzania), which will train women in traditional instruments from Zanzibar;
  • Little Fingers Music Limited (Tanzania), which will provide training opportunities for those leading education programmes;
  • MusicArt Society (Nepal), which delivers music education to children living in slum areas;
  • Welfare Association UK, which will run music therapy sessions for refugees in Lebanon;
  • Youth Orchestras of Namibia, which aims to form a high-standard national youth orchestra;
  • Associação Musical Alegro (Brazil), which will provide one young musician with a scholarship to study for three weeks in England.

Find out more about ISF recipients past and present, on the International Sponsorship Fund page.

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