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Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. 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 ABPG15SG when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Singapore office

On government advice, we will be following a more flexible and hybrid way of working. Although working from home is still encouraged, from 12 April we will be able to answer a limited number of calls and applicants can contact us via the Local Contact - ABRSM: Local exam contacts. We will continue to update you when further information is published by Ministry of Manpower.

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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ABRSM partners Music for Youth, the UK-based music education charity

9 years ago

ABRSM has announced a new partnership with Music for Youth (MFY), the music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK. ABRSM will become one of six significant sponsors supporting MFY in its continued growth and development. ABRSM's sponsorship will support the ongoing promotion and expansion of MFY's Regional Festival Series, the world's largest youth music festival taking place throughout February, March and April and involving over 50,000 musicians and singers. ABRSM's contribution will also be recognised across the whole MFY season which includes the National Festivals in Birmingham and Perth, the Schools Prom and its Primary Prom concerts. This year ABRSM's support will help fund around 70 festivals in over 50 different venues throughout the UK from Truro to Inverness. The festivals will be attended by musicians of all levels: from school choirs to punk bands, duos to county youth orchestras. Some of the performers will have had experience of performing in large venues while others may be performing for the very first time. "We're extremely proud to be one of Music for Youth's key sponsors this year, and in particular give our support to the Regional Festivals. It's fantastic to see the growth of the series encouraging even more young people to take part in these unique festivals. We want to inspire as many people as we can to participate and progress in music and giving young musicians the opportunity to perform live and receive feedback from the mentors at MFY is something we applaud loudly."
Guy Perricone, Chief Executive, ABRSM. "Music for Youth and ABRSM have been working together since 1995 to support young musicians across the UK. This is a significant development for our longstanding relationship and we see huge potential with this new sponsorship agreement."
Lincoln Abbotts, Chief Executive, Music for Youth. For more information on the Regional Festival Series please visit

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