Music Network launches the Grade-1-a-thon Challenge

Music Network is inviting the nation to participate in the Grade-1-a-thon Challenge, in aid of the Music Network Instruments for Older People Appeal.

Beat the lockdown blues and kick off the New Year with a jazzy new hobby. It’s never too late to start playing a musical instrument!

Music Network is launching its Grade-1-a-thon Challenge and is calling on participants of all ages to join in and help raise the €50,000 needed to establish a national bank of musical instruments for use by people over the age of 65.

By taking part in the Grade-1-a-thon Challenge, participants can learn to play the musical instrument of their dreams, with the added motivation that comes from asking friends and family for sponsorship.

Music Network has teamed up with the Royal Irish Academy of Music for the Grade-1-a-thon Challenge so that participants can take their Royal Irish Academy of Music Grade 1 exams online free of charge (subject to availability). Exams will be held in early summer 2021.

Music Network is inviting people of all ages to take part in the Grade-1-a-thon Challenge, regardless of their musical experience. To find out more about how to take part, including information on how to source an instrument and a helpful fundraising guide, view here.

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