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Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Performance Grade exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15NZ when you book using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

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

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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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