RIAM Teams up with Music Network for Grade-1-a-thon Challenge

Published: 4th Jan, 2021

The Royal Irish Academy of Music has teamed up with Music Network for the Grade-1-a-thon Challenge, in aid of the Music Network Instruments for Older People Appeal.

With the launch of its Grade-1-a-thon Challenge, Music Network 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 RIAM Grade 1 exams online free of charge (subject to availability). Exams will be held in early summer 2021.

Music Network will be sharing the progress of participants along the way on its social media channels, including that of Jimmy Cavanagh , (former RIAM trumpet professor and Head of Performing Groups) who is taking up the Uileann pipes, naturalist and broadcaster Éanna Ni Lamhna (who plans to take on the flute), and others.

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, see