Type 'Grade-a-thon' into any search engine and you’ll come across link after link to web pages, blogs, forum posts and news stories about groups of aspiring or experienced musicians of all ages learning a new instrument, preparing for and taking graded music exams and raising money for charity and other good causes at the same time.
The inspiring nature of a Grade-a-thon challenge was aptly demonstrated when guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, tenor Wynne Evans and Mark Bedford from Madness joined forces with members of the London Symphony Orchestra to raise money for the Children in Crossfirecharity:
How can ABRSM help?
We support these endeavours by offering a bespoke Grade-a-thon support pack of stickers, our Guide to ABRSM Exams, posters to help organisers promote their event and special certificates of recognition for all those who participate (on request).
I'm organising a Grade-a-thon. What should I do next?
If you're planning to organise a Grade-a-thon and would like to request a support pack, please let us know about your campaign by filling in the form below. Please note that we can't waive or offer discounts on entry fees and that exam entries should be made the usual way.
We're keen to support a selection of campaigns by sharing images and content on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so please keep us updated on your group's progress as the exams approach. Good luck!
Request a support pack
We encourage those that participate in Grade-a-thons to share their content with us via our Facebook and Twitter social media channels. Images and other content that's supplied to us may be used by ABRSM for promotional purposes.
If you don't want us to use materials for this purpose, please uncheck the box at the end of this form.
Please ensure that you have parental permission before distributing or sharing images of any candidates who are under the age of 16.