In 1992, the Gardner’s Trust for the Blind established an annual competition, designed to encourage the use of Braille music amongst students up to the age of 19 in the UK. 30 years on, the tests have been revised and are now open to people of all ages.

RNIB administers the awards which test reading, understanding and performing from memory. There are five levels of Braille Music Literacy Award. All candidates receive a report and a certificate of entry and the best entrant reaching the required standard at each level is given a prize ranging from £10 to £50.

The tests offer music Braillists a chance to have their efforts rewarded, a chance to have their specialist skills assessed and a chance to show their musical independence.

Tests are to be held from October 2022 to February 2023 at a location to suit the candidate. Online tests are also possible.

Specimen tests, general regulations and requirements in Braille and print are available from the Music Advisory Service.

For further details or to request the information pack and application form, please contact [email protected].