Our American Society

The American Society for the Royal Academy of Music (ASRAM) is a non-profit organization based in New York that supports the work of the Royal Academy of Music in the UK.  

The ASRAM is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations made by U.S. taxpayers are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by the IRS. The ASRAM Board periodically reviews grant proposals from the Royal Academy of Music and distributes funds to support it. 

Supporting the ASRAM

If you are a U.S tax payer, then please do consider supporting the American Society for the Royal Academy of Music. You will help realise the dreams of some of the world’s most talented young musicians and play your part in shaping the future of music. Whether you are based in London or the U.S., we would be delighted to give you special insights into the Academy’s work nurturing the musicians of the future and to involve you in the wonderful world of music the Academy has to offer.

Below are two examples of areas that ASRAM has recently supported:

Scholarships for American students at the Royal Academy of Music

The Academy has close connections with the U.S., and many eminent American musicians have learned their craft within its four walls. These include conductor David Robertson, currently Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as acclaimed composer Augusta Read Thomas - who is also one of ASRAM’s Directors.

We often hear about talented young Americans who dream of studying at the Academy to benefit from our unrivalled teaching and performance opportunities, but are deterred by tuition fees and the cost of living in London. We intend to radically increase the number of scholarships we can award, and private philanthropy continues to provide a lifeline for many young hopefuls from the U.S. Read more about the Academy’s scholarship programme.

The Academy’s cross-Atlantic projects

The Academy regularly partners with the Juilliard School in groundbreaking projects, such as two Proms, a major CD release and the joint commission of a Sir Peter Maxwell Davies opera. Read more about our latest cross-Atlantic collaboration which has been generously supported by ASRAM.

Need more information?

Kate Birch
Telephone: +44 20 7873 7421
Email: kbirch@ram.ac.uk

Jeffrey K Brinck, Deputy Treasurer
15 West 81st Street
New York
NY 10024

How to donate

If you would like to make a donation to the ASRAM, please contact Kate Birch in the first instance, so that she can provide you with payment details.

Thank you.

ASRAM Directors

Tanya Bannister
Steven Fox
Charles Graham
Lady Lousada
Augusta Read Thomas
Jeffrey Wehner
Chief Executive: Mark Racz
Treasurer: Jeffrey P Wehner
Deputy Treasurer: Jeffrey K Brinck
Secretary: Kate Birch

Ambassador meeting Academy students

Photo: Ambassador Matt Barzun visits the Academy in January 2016.
More photos are on the US Embassy London’s flickr page