°®¶¹ÊÓÆµ is a leading international exam board publisher and independent education charity, founded in 1872, originally as a department of °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ College of Music (now known as °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ Laban Conservatoire) and, since 1992, as an independent educational charity registered in the UK. For more about °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ’s history, take a look at our Timeline.
°®¶¹ÊÓÆµ was established to advance education for the public benefit, by promoting education, instruction and educational assessment in the performing and creative arts, and language and communication through assessment, content and training which is innovative, personal and authentic.â€¯
Beyond its direct work in providing assessments in communicative and performance skills internationally, °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ has been involved in supporting a wide range of public benefit and charitable activities around the world.
Music Scholarships: °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ makes regular donations to °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ Laban Conservatoire, part of which funds scholarships to enable students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities to access a Conservatoire education – and the benefits of performing and the creative arts. In 2019, °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ was able to help establish a new piano studio for its students with a donation of five new Steinway grand pianos.â€¯
Access Fund (UK and Ireland): this fund supports those who experience barriers to accessing training and qualifications due to socio-economic factors, settlement status, race or faith inequalities, mental or long term health issues, special needs, disability and more. The grant is used to help candidates prepare for and achieve a °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ qualification in English Language, Music, Drama or subjects.
Responding to world events and natural disasters: °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ is able to use its charitable arm to support those who have been negatively affected by world events and natural disasters, in rebuilding their lives and educational prospects. This has included:
Music education outreach: °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ has made regular donations to the in Snape Maltings to support the education arm of the charity. It provides music education to some of the country’s most underprivileged children, working closely with financially challenged schools across coastal and rural Suffolk, as well as nurturing some of the area’s most promising talented young musicians.â€¯
Activities, resources and projects for public benefit: °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ is also involved in many activities and projects globally which exist to improve teaching skills and educational outcomes. Some of these include:
Corpus of Spoken English: developed for research purposes by the University of Lancaster and °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ, it is now the in the world.