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U2's Music Generation goes long-term

Tuesday, August 12 11:50:46

Music Generation, the music education programme from Music Network following a E7m donation by U2 and The Ireland Funds, is set to become a long-term fixture in Irish education.

The Department of Education and Skills has begun a phased co-funding of the programme with Local Music Education Partnerships.

Music Generation provides young people with access to high quality subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area. Since its foundation in 2009 the programme has established Music Education Partnerships in 12 counties, creating access for up to 18,500 children and young people and providing employment for some 220 musicians.

In January 2013 the Department of Education and Skills announced it would begin the phasing in of its co-funding from July 2014 with Local Music Education Partnerships with a view to these partners completely replacing the original philanthropic donation by 2016. The E7m donation from U2 (E5m) and The Ireland Funds (E2m) made in 2009 was the largest ever single philanthropic donation to music education in Ireland in the history of the state.

Commenting on this next stage of Music Generation's development, The Edge said; "I believe it's a documented fact that exposure to music makes a better society. We're still practicing but we were lucky enough to attend a school with a great music programme and that is why Music Generation is so important to us. We are very proud of its success and the fact that it will continue into the future." For more visit: