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ABRSM Composer Mentoring Programme 2024


ABRSM’s composer mentoring programme, Writing for Music Education, is a six-month programme for emerging composers looking to explore the world of composing for music education. Having run the programme in the UK since 2021, ABRSM is launching a pilot programme in 2024 for emerging composers based in South East Asia, providing composers with opportunities to get to know ABRSM up close and to develop skills in writing to a brief in educational settings.

Recruitment for the programme is supported through our partnership with the Rondo Production. While the majority of the six-month programme will be online, there will be a two-day in-person workshop series on 13 & 14 June 2024 as part of RondoFest, which takes place in Penang, Malaysia.

The six-month programme will run from May to October 2024, as follows (all times in Malaysia time):

  • Wed 22 May, 8pm – 9:30pm: Online Welcome Session
  • Thu 13 June, 2pm – 5.30pm: In-Person Workshop Day 1 (RondoFest, Penang)
  • Fri 14 June, 2pm – 5.30pm: In-Person Workshop Day 2 (RondoFest, Penang)
  • July – August, dates/times TBC: Online sessions and 1:1 mentoring 
  • September/October, date/time TBC: End-of-programme Event (online/in-person TBC)

Please read the full terms of reference here before applying to the programme: Terms of Reference

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Target Participants

  • Interested in writing music for educational settings
  • In the early stages of their careers as composers
  • Not tied into an exclusive publishing contract
  • Have a working knowledge of traditional notation and western classical music
  • Based in South East Asia and can attend the programme’s various in-person activities, including the two-day workshop in Penang, Malaysia on 13 & 14 June (in association with RondoFest 2024)
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Happy to take part in ABRSM’s comms campaigns relating to the programme and other activities as relevant


  • Opportunities to explore the world of writing for music education, including ABRSM’s commissioning, editing and publishing processes
  • Bespoke mentoring from leading educational composers
  • Deep-dive into ABRSM’s exam marking criteria and how knowledge of assessment can support effective educational composition
  • Opportunities to connect with ABRSM’s network of partner organisations
  • Opportunities to write to a brief, including for ABRSM exam syllabuses, with the possibility of inclusion in future syllabuses and publications
  • Becoming part of a community of emerging composers who can share their musical ideas and experiences together in an inclusive and creative environment
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No fees required. In order to make music education more accessible, ABRSM may be able to provide financial support to help with travel costs for the in-person workshops as part of RondoFest.


Participants must attend the online welcome session on 22 May and the in-person workshops at RondoFest in Malaysia on 13 and 14 June. Additional online sessions from July to September are encouraged for full programme participation. 1:1 mentoring video calls will be arranged between composers and mentors. Composers should make time for the assigned composition tasks throughout the programme.

Apply now to unleash your composing talent!

Unlock your composing potential with ABRSM's Writing for Music Education programme - join our South East Asia pilot for hands-on experience in educational settings!