Supporting music education in the UK
We support several music education organisations in the UK including Music For Youth and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Our partnerships and connections with these groups form an important part of ABRSM’s work.
We 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. In 2012 these were awarded to an undergraduate and postgraduate student but they will eventually include younger musicians at the College's Junior Department. By 2015/16 there will be an ABRSM scholarship student in every year of the music course.
Luke Millard, an undergraduate cellist from Neath, South Wales and Chubing Wang, a postgraduate harpsichordist from Hebei, China were the first recipients of the award.
In June 2012 ABRSM starting working with the Mayor’s Music Fund and agreed to provide £12,500 of funding per year over four years. Our contribution will fund 12 scholarships from September 2012 to July 2016.
The Mayor’s Music Fund works with London’s 32 borough music services and local schools ‘to identify talented children, aged 7-11, who show outstanding potential and commitment to learning a musical instrument’. Each Mayor’s Music Fund scholar will receive up to four years of music tuition under the initiative.
Mayor’s Music Fund Chief Executive Ginny Greenwood said: "Thanks to the enormous generosity of individuals and businesses around London, these talented children, who would have to stop learning without external financial support, will now receive four-years of instrumental tuition both at school and at Saturday morning music centre, as well as the opportunity to perform at and attend concerts. Our ambition is to raise enough money every year to fund at least 150 four-year scholarships (a commitment of £600,000) so that by 2016 six hundred children will be benefitting from the scheme. I would particularly like to thank ABRSM for funding 12 scholarships and for underwriting this morning's workshop."