Music education programme MusicGeneration, funded in part by U2’s philanthropic activities, announced phase two of its long-term plan for the rollout of music education today, in an open call for local music education partnerships and outlets to partake.
€5.5m of new funding, €3m of which is drawn from U2 and the remainder from the Department of Education, is expected to aid the programme’s continued expansion across communities in Ireland, allowing non-mainstream access to vocal and instrument tuition to children and young people.
Writes Aoife Lucey of MusicGeneration:
For Phase 2, local Music Education Partnerships are eligible to apply for 50% seed funding, up to a maximum of €200,000 per year for an initial three year period.
Partnerships selected for participation will raise the other 50% locally to establish the programme in their area.
From 2020, the Department of Education and Skills will replace the philanthropic donations to ensure programmes are sustained on a long-term and lasting basis, alongside ongoing local funding.
Said U2’s Adam Clayton this morning:
“We’re so proud of Music Generation’s great achievement – and the government’s commitment is so important – in bringing this programme to 38,000+ children across the country. The sky is the limit over the next five years.”
Music Generation is currently part of 11 Music Education Partnerships across Ireland. It offers more than 100 different programmes across all genres and styles of music, reaching 38,000 children and young people annually and creating over 330 employment opportunities.
The programme includes tutors like, for one example, Limerick’s Andy Connolly, known to beat nerds as Naive Ted, whose work via the programme and its facilities, with young hip-hop creatives like Jonen Dekay and Mankyy, have already had a positive effect on the Irish scene.
Educators must register their interest in applying to Music Generation by Friday 17 February. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, May 31.