Print reproduction

This page covers:

  • Reproducing a musical work in a publication, course pack, article, dissertation or thesis
  • Digitally displaying ABRSM sheet music and music theory publications – e.g. on YouTube, websites and apps
  • Photocopying music
  • Making accessible copies of music, such as Braille

To support teachers and learners, we allow the digital display of our sheet music and theory publications in live online one-to-one lessons. You must not record these lessons for on-demand access and we expect both the teacher and the student to own copies of the music being used

If your use extends beyond this concession or any other accessible collective licensing scheme, you may require our permission. Use the form at the bottom of this page to send us your request.

See our FAQs to find out more about exceptions to copyright law. 

If you live in the UK, you do not need to ask for our permission to photocopy our music for the uses listed below.

As a signatory to the MPA Code of Fair Practice we allow performers to make a copy of the music in these common situations. 

To avoid a difficult page turn in a performance

  • Mark each copy with: Copy made with permission.
  • Copying whole movements or whole works is forbidden.

As an emergency copy if you have lost or damaged your music and it’s too late to buy or hire a replacement before a performance

  • Mark each copy with: Emergency copy. Destroy after use.
  • Buy a replacement as soon as possible and destroy the copy.

To provide a copy of a piece of music for an examiner or adjudicator

  • Mark each copy with: Adjudicator/Examiner copy.
  • Ensure each copy is kept and destroyed by the adjudicator or examiner immediately after the event.

If you live outside the UK, send us your request using the links at the bottom of this page.

People living in the UK with a disability (or an authorised body acting on their behalf) can make one copy of an ABRSM publication for accessibility reasons without asking for permission. For example, if you want to create a Braille version of a piece of music.

If you live outside the UK, send us your request using the links at the bottom of this page.

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