Music Generation Sligo
Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme. It aims to help children and young people access vocal and instrumental tuition in their own locality.
Music Generation, the U2 and Ireland Funds-supported National Music Education Programme, has announced that Sligo, along with Louth and Mayo, has been selected for participation in the first round of the programme. Over the next three years, Music Generation will award a total of up to €1.6 million to these counties to help children and young people access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local areas.
The programme is enabled by a €5 million donation from U2, with a further €2 million being raised by the Ireland Funds, to support the development of a national music programme providing instrumental and vocal music tuition for children and young people up to 18 years of age.
Tony Ó Dálaigh, Chairman of Music Generation said, “These three counties rose straight to the top when an independent panel examined the proposals from around the country. These are regions with a strong track record and commitment to music which was reflected in the high standard of their applications. Music Generation will now offer the opportunity for these counties to build on their development and expand provision to new areas of need.
Minister for Education and Skills, Ruari Quinn TD said, “We are very grateful to U2 and The Ireland Funds for their support in promoting this visionary initiative. The Government is committed to continuing the music education partnerships with Exchequer funding in future years, when the Music Generation donations cease. Music education plays an important role in promoting creativity and self-expression, and in developing children’s cognitive and affective skills. This initiative will enrich the lives of children and their communities in the areas selected for funding.”
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