Our Partners

Antigua & Barbuda Department of Culture

The ABYSO is proudly supported by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda through the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts. The Department organises the placement of local music tutors to work with the ABYSO and facilitates the use of the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium as the rehearsal venue for the ABYSO.

Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA)

The ABTA plays an essential role in the marketing of the twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda. Since inception, it has been a key partner of the ABYSO providing sponsorship as well as logistical and marketing support for ABYSO programmes and events.

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

The ABRSM is an important developmental partner of the ABYSO providing support for the development of the teaching capacity of local mentors to the ABYSO. It is a strategic partner of the ABYSO Tutors in Residence programme.

Luthiers Without Borders UK (LsF)

LsF was set up to send trained violin and bow repairers to countries where these services are scarce. Since 2018, LSF volunteers have conducted workshops on Antigua and Barbuda. LsF has also donated the tools needed to set up a fully functional instrument repair workshop operated by the ABYSO.


MusAid is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit that connects musicians across the globe through educational exchanges. MusAid continues to partner with the ABYSO to assist its ongoing development of the tools and knowledge necessary for growth and self-sustainability. Since 2019, MusAid has donated instruments to the ABYSO, co-ordinated an instrument repair training programme for woodwind and brass instruments and is a strong supporter of the ABYSO Tutors in Residence and Virtual Mentorship programmes.

Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL)

ROSL is a not-for-profit private members' organisation which helps artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create. Since 2019, ROSL has supported the ABYSO by funding ROSL prize winners to conduct master classes, workshops and joint concerts with the ABYSO. ROSL also supports young, talented musicians in Antigua and Barbuda with scholarships to cover the cost of their local music tuition.

The Commonwealth Resounds (TCR)

TCR is a UK-based registered charity and Commonwealth-accredited NGO committed to connecting musical cultures. TCR has organised an annual study tour and performance in Antigua and Barbuda since 2019. The visit brings together students from the Purcell School for Young Musicians, one of the UK’s leading pre-conservatoire specialist music schools, to provide training, masterclasses, workshops and joint performances. The TCR also regularly recommends tutors for the ABYSO Tutors in Residence Programme and the ABYSO Virtual Mentorship Programme. In 2019, the TCR launched the Commonwealth Composition Prize programme in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Orchestra of the Americas (OA)

The OA supports the development of ABYSO members with scholarships to their annual music residency. The ABYSO also works alongside the OAs Global Leadership Programme to identify opportunities to develop local teaching capacity of orchestral instruments as well as to support the ABYSO Tutors in Residence and Virtual Mentorship Programme.

Wendy Max.com

The ABYSO is pleased to work alongside veteran string teacher Wendy Max and her teaching partner Cecily Mendelsohn to hold an annual programme for children under the age of 10 to be introduced to the violin, viola and cello.

Global Leaders Program

The Global Leaders Program works to prepare musical leaders to build and guide the social music initiatives of tomorrow. The Program combines unique on-site leadership development in diverse international settings with remote classroom training guided by a pioneering faculty of Institutional Curators, Module Directors, Core Professors, Guest Lecturers, and Cohort Mentors, including two Nobel Prize Laureates.

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