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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 moving to Square Mile’s ‘cultural hub’

4 years ago

ABRSM will be relocating to the City of London’s ‘cultural hub’, after signing a new lease for an office adjacent to the Barbican. The music education and examination charity is moving to Salters Hall at London Wall Place, as part of its plans for growth and development both in the UK and internationally. ABRSM’s 170 employees will move to the Grade II listed building, originally designed by renowned architect Sir Basil Spence, around the end of the year. The building has undergone substantial refurbishment and will be adapted to meet ABRSM’s specific requirements over the coming months.

Michael Elliott, ABRSM Chief Executive, said:

“We’re really excited about our move to London Wall Place and playing our part in the City of London’s vibrant cultural quarter. As the UK’s single largest music education body and the world leader in music exams, we look forward to working with the City of London in promoting the value of music and the arts to individuals, society and the economy. “We are also committed to working with our new cultural neighbours to encourage more people, regardless of their age or background, to develop an interest in music and the arts. We believe we have a significant contribution to bring to their, and Sir Simon Rattle’s, plans for a new concert hall and centre for music education. “London Wall Place will provide ABRSM with several excellent new facilities, including a purpose built exam suite with two warm-up rooms for candidates and dedicated seminar rooms for us to share the latest in music teaching best practice with our 700 examiners. “We’re also proud that our design for the fit-out of the new office will be working towards the highest SKA gold environmental rating from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. The London Wall Place team has also achieved excellent status from BREEAM for its design and construction sustainability.”

David Morris, Clerk to the Salters’ Company, said:

“Salters’ Hall has been the headquarters of The Salters’ Livery Company at Fore Street since 1976. It has now been modernised to 21st century standards and sympathetically redeveloped to reflect not only its uniqueness as a modern brutalist livery hall but designed to blend in with the exciting new London Wall Place Development. As the single tenant of the available commercial space at Salters’ Hall, ABRSM’s charitable purposes will work well alongside the Salters’ Company’s philanthropic and charitable objectives.”

For further press information, please contact:

Krishan Rama
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Notes to the editor


ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year. ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress. The ABRSM office is currently in Portland Place in west London.

SKA rating

This is an environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for non-domestic fit-outs, led and owned by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

BREEAM rating benchmark

This is a sustainability assessment enabling people to compare an individual building’s performance with other BREEAM rated buildings and the typical sustainability performance of new non-domestic buildings in the UK.

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