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The International Sponsorship Fund was established as part of our ongoing commitment to inspiring musical achievement and supporting music education for all, across the globe. The fund is open to organisations outside the UK and Ireland which provide musical training, performance opportunities and teacher development, particularly where there are barriers to accessing these opportunities.

We are proud recipients of the Patron’s Fund 2017 which has been awarded to enhance the reach of the International Sponsorship Fund in Commonwealth countries.


The application period for the 2018 ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund has now closed. Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications by 28 February.

2017 recipients

Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company

Our sponsorship of JYOC will help cover tuition costs for its music teaching programme in Soweto. 153 children receive weekly group and individual music tuition on any of the orchestral instruments which are provided from the stock that the JYOC has acquired over the 18 years of its existence.

The programme promotes employability among its students: currently 78% of the teachers in Soweto have come up through JYOC teaching programmes. In addition, it helps students develop a sense of self-worth and promotes valuable life skills: responsibility, discipline, goal setting and racial/cultural understanding.

Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation

We are supporting the first Malaysian International Dalcroze Forum and workshops for teachers. The aim is to increase awareness amongst music teachers that teaching music is not only about playing an instrument and that creative music making is the key to being a better musician.

The training will help to give teachers a fresh approach to musicianship in practice, offering them the opportunity to explore different methods in their day-to-day teaching. The forum will also provide local teachers with the opportunity to network and share experiences with teachers from around Asia, encouraging them to learn from one another.

South African Society for Music Teachers

We are sponsoring the SASMT Ensemble Competition which promotes musical progression through collaborative music making for school-going musicians.

It aims to encourage and foster an understanding, love and appreciation of high-quality ensemble performance. The competition is the first opportunity of its kind for primary school learners, and for music students from the Northern Provinces.

The Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod

We are supporting the 15th Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod National Choir Competition which will be held from 8 - 9 July, 2017. This annual competition is organised by Young Choral Academy, a non-profit arts organisation.

It’s Malaysia’s first and only centre for the training and development of singers, conductors, teachers and music educators in the field of choral music/singing. In previous years, over 11,000 singers from all over the country have participated in the festival. The sponsorship will contribute towards increasing awareness of the benefits of choral singing as a fun, healthy and positive musical activity amongst young people in Malaysia.

Young Jamaica Ensemble

Our sponsorship of the Young Jamaica Ensemble will support its development as a community music initiative that works to improve the lives of young people ‘at-risk’ and enable them to discover their potential as promising young musicians.

The Young Jamaica Ensemble organises Community Recital Showcases as well as masterclasses with professional musicians in collaboration with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay. Held quarterly, these classes are used to help students to develop their music and their skills and to consider music as a viable career option.

Participants in the community programme are empowered through music education and performance activities to create positive links that improve academic performance, reduce risky behaviour and provide a safe, structured environment for these disadvantaged young people.

Euroasia Association of Performing Arts

Based in Malaysia, the Euroasia Association is a non-profit organisation which has been actively involved in music performance and education activities since 1999.

We are sponsoring the 2017 Euroasia Competition Series which offers masterclasses by internationally renowned professionals, workshops by accredited examiners, concert performances and instrument exhibitions. To give more local, young musicians the opportunity to participate without having to pay for travel, the competition’s activities take place in different regions of Malaysia.

Archived recipients

To view a list of previous recipients click here.


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