MORE THAN a €1million is to be spent on educating young people around the county about music in the next three years.
Carlow County Council was delighted to announce that they are one of three successful candidates in the country for the Music Generation programme which will see millions of euro spent in the next few years on music programmes for young people thanks to donations from U2 and the Ireland Funds.
' We have worked for the past two years on this application with existing music providers around the county,' said Sinead Dowling from the Arts office.
' We have surveyed the county for gaps in the provision of music and we hope to fill these.'
Programmes, developed by local musicians and music teachers, will be rolled out in Carlow, Tullow, Bagenalstown, Hacketstown and Borris.
The news was welcomed around the table at the monthly gathering of Carlow County Council.
The programmes will include early music provision through the programme 'Little People, Big Voices', tuition in more unusual instruments like Brass, Percussion and the Pipe Organ, tuition in less popular genres like jazz and world music, specialized and more varied tuition in schools, networking opportunities for musicians and educators and professional CPD training opportunities.