U2-sponsored scheme to help children learn music expanding
The U2-sponsored scheme offering affordable music education programme to young children and teenagers is expanding.
The Music Generation programme has put a call put for applications for funding to provide free or cheap tuition to help develop young talent, whether instrumental or vocal.
The programme started thanks to a €5m donation from U2, topped up by €2m from the international charitable network, The Ireland Funds
Already €3m has been awarded to Music Education Partnerships up and running in counties Laois, Louth, Wicklow, Cork City, Sligo and Mayo. The plan is to support 12 local Music Education Partnerships nationwide by 2015.
This is the third round of funding to be made available under the programme and completed applications must be received by 5pm Thursday, November 8.
Music Education Partnerships, which usually comprise public agencies such as a vocational education committee or county council and private music tuition providers, are eligible to apply for 50pc funding, up to a maximum of €200,000 per year over three years.
The Department of Education and Skills is committed to continuing to fund the partnerships into the future when the Music Generation donations cease.