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Royal Schools of MusicOur relationship with four of the Royal Schools of Music is something we are extremely proud of – a symbiotic partnership.

ABRSM was set up by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in 1889. The Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College of Music) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and  Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) joined ABRSM as subsidiary partners in 1947 (becoming full partners in 1985).

Together these Royal Schools form ABRSM’s governing body. For many years we have made annual charitable donations to support the work of the four Royal Schools and have provided scholarships and bursaries to outstanding students at the colleges, with more than 70 scholars benefiting from ABRSM funding each year.

The Royal Schools

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of MusicThe Royal Academy of Music is a conservatoire in London, England and a constituent college of the University of London.

It was founded in 1822 and is the oldest degree-granting music school in Britain.

ABRSM’s annual donation to the Academy supports a number of individual scholars and also supports outreach projects such as ‘Open Academy’ – a programme which reaches out to over 2,000 participants in schools, hospitals and respite centres throughout London.

ABRSM also supports the Academy’s outstanding calendar of performances throughout the year.

Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music in London’s South Kensington is a world-leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook.

Founded in 1882, the RCM is home to around 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 60 countries, who are taught in a dynamic and nurturing environment and leave the College to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.

In the 2016 QS World University Rankings the RCM was ranked the top conservatoire in the United Kingdom for Performing Arts and joint third across all Performing Arts institutions worldwide.

ABRSM’s financial contribution to the RCM provides vital student support through the College’s extensive scholarships programme and its pioneering professional development hub, the Creative Careers Centre.

Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Northern College of MusicThe Royal Northern College of Music was formed in 1973 from the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music with the Northern School of Music.

The college has, for many years, been a favoured institution for a large number of aspiring professional musicians from the UK and overseas.

ABRSM’s annual donations have enabled the RNCM to develop significant initiatives over the years that directly benefit students and enhance their employability.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has 170 years of performing arts education experience and is Scotland's national centre of professional vocational training in the performing arts.

Ranked as one of the world’s top 3 performing arts education institutions (QS World Rankings, 2017), the Royal Conservatoire is the only conservatoire in the UK which offers undergraduate and postgraduate education in music, dance, drama, production and film.

ABRSM’s donations to RCS reap enormous rewards in terms of widening opportunities to reach the greatest number of potential conservatoire entrants.


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