'Una Healy Scholarship Program’ launched for budding Irish musicians
POP star and Voice of Ireland judge Una Healy has given her support to a new scholarship programme aimed at fostering the next generation of musical talent.
Una said she was "thrilled" to be working with the Academy of Music in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to help budding young musicians and songwriters.
"I am thrilled to be working with the academy on these exciting scholarships," she said.
"This is an amazing school and I would have loved something like this when I was starting out."
The Tipperary-born mother of two said she was also very honoured that the new programme will be known as the 'Una Healy Scholarship'.
The programme will involve a five year support scheme at the CIT facility. It will be open to all music students who have an interest in vocals, drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.
Students at the academy range from 10 to 20 years of age.
The scholarships are worth a total of €4,100 each. Una, who shot to fame with the pop group 'The Saturdays' stressed that she will be taking a hands-on role in the programme and will be studying every scholarship application personally.
Academy director Dr Trish Rooney said they were delighted with Una's involvement. “We are so excited that Una has come on board," she said.
"I was lucky enough to get to know her during my time as vocal coach on the Voice of Ireland and I am thrilled that she is endorsing The Academy and helping us to provide this wonderful opportunity for young musicians."
Further details of the 'Una Healy Scholarship Program’ and how to apply can be obtained from: www.theacademyofpopularmusic.ie.