Funding News: Fund For international music projects

May 19, 2022
Christina Cullen

ABRSM's International Sponsorship Fund 2022 is now open for applications from music education projects around the world.

ABRSM is looking for exciting projects that can really make a difference to musicians by giving them the kind of musical opportunities that they would otherwise never have had.

Eligible organisations can apply for one-off grants of £1000 to £4000 for projects that encourage progression in music learning through community activities, such as local festivals and outreach work, or through high quality performance opportunities for musicians in chamber ensembles, orchestras and choirs.

To apply for an ISF grant, projects must benefit musicians outside the UK and Ireland. The closing date for applications is 8 November 2021.


Eligable organisations must:

  • Have been an incorporated company for at least two years and must be registered in your country;
  • Be able to produce financial accounts that show two consecutive years’ worth of profit and loss that are externally audited;
  • Have evidence of previous project work, either via additional documents submitted or on social media platforms or your website;
  • The funding is not available for general running costs of an organisation and must be used for specific projects or programmes;
  • The ISF will only support activities or materials that are directly related to music;
  • The fund is not a scholarship programme and is not open to individuals;
  • The fund will not be awarded to the same organisation for more than two years.

About the International Sponsorship Fund

Set up in 2021, the fund so far has made a difference to more than 40 different organisations across Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America and the Caribbean. Recipients have used their grants to buy and repair instruments, train teachers, and support a wide range of education and performance projects that break down barriers to music learning and motivate and support musicians of all ages.

Its most recent grants went to projects in Brazil, Haiti, Kenya and Nicaragua, with a focus on music tuition, music employment, social inclusion and wellbeing.


ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) supports the  teaching and learning of music in partnership with four Royal Schools of Music.

ABRSM is the UK's largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world's leading provider of music exams, holding over 650,000 assessments in more than 90 countries every year.

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