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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.

Performance Grade exams

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.

The Royal Schools of Music

We have made annual charitable donations to support the work of our four associated Royal Schools for many years and have recently introduced scholarships at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  

We provide scholarships and bursaries to outstanding students at the colleges, with more than 70 scholars benefiting from ABRSM funding each year.

At each Royal School in any one academic year ABRSM supports the following scholars:

  • 1 junior
  • 4 UK undergraduates
  • 2 UK postgraduates
  • 4 EU undergraduates
  • 2 EU postgraduates
  • 4 international undergraduates
  • 2 international postgraduates

We also support 2 junior and 5 undergraduates at the RWCMD each year.

ABRSM scholarships and funding

The Royal Schools of Music

Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music, based in London, trains nearly 700 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines.

ABRSMâs annual donation to the Academy supports a number of individual scholars but also supports outreach projects such as âOpen Academyâ â a programme which reaches out to over 2,000 participants in schools, hospitals and respite centres throughout London. ABRSM also supports the Academyâs outstanding calendar of performances throughout the year.

Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music in Londonâs South Kensington is a world-leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook.

Founded in 1882, the RCM is home to around 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 60 countries, who are taught in a dynamic and nurturing environment and leave the College to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.

In the 2016 QS World University Rankings the RCM was ranked the top conservatoire in the United Kingdom for Performing Arts and joint third across all Performing Arts institutions worldwide

ABRSMâs financial contribution to the RCM provides vital student support through the Collegeâs extensive scholarships programme and its pioneering professional development hub, the Creative Careers Centre.

Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music, formed in 1973 from the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music with the Northern School of Music, has, for many years, been the first choice institution for a large number of aspiring professional musicians from the UK and overseas.

ABRSMâs annual donations have enabled the RNCM to develop significant initiatives over the years that directly benefit students and enhance their employability.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is Scotland's national centre of professional vocational training in performance arts based in Glasgow.

ABRSMâs donations to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland reap enormous rewards in terms of widening opportunities to reach the greatest number of potential conservatoire entrants.

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Luke MillardWe give a number of scholarships to students studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD).

The collaboration provides ABRSM scholarships to Welsh students studying at the College.

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