ABRSM launches fund to support more music makers around the globe

Grassroots music learning projects around the world are to share in a landmark new ABRSM fund set up to support, inspire and connect more communities of learners, teachers and music creators.

ABRSM is stepping up its support for music making around the globe with the launch of Play On, a new fund which will build on the success of the music education charity’s International Sponsorship Fund (ISF) with enhanced funding and a broader remit.

Play On will be administered by ABRSM partner, The Commonwealth Resounds, and will be open to organisations anywhere outside the UK which provide training for teachers and music leaders, offer high-quality music education programmes, share motivational and inspiring musical experiences or tackle barriers to accessing and progressing in music.

Organisations will be able to apply for Play On grants of up to £5,000. ABRSM hopes the new fund will also become a platform for cultural exchange, providing opportunities for recipients to connect, share best practice and learn from each another.

Chris Cobb, ABRSM’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re incredibly proud of everything the International Sponsorship Fund has achieved and are excited about reaching even further. Working in partnership with The Commonwealth Resounds means we’ll connect with new networks and be able to support more learners than ever to experience the richness of music in their lives.”

The Play On fund is open till Sunday 26 February 2023 for applications from passionate organisations that are committed to creating opportunities for more people to access and make progress in music. Further details, including how to apply, are available on The Commonwealth Resounds website.

The Commonwealth Resounds founder Alison Cox said: “I am proud and delighted that The Commonwealth Resounds is able to continue working in partnership with ABRSM to deliver Play On.

“This will help support the work of those who are running excellent musical initiatives and greatly valued training programmes for people across the globe.”