The MEP are presently preparing a funding application to Music Generation, Ireland's National Music Education Programme, whose remit is to fund the vocal and instrumental music education of children and young people up to the age of 18 years of age. Music Generation is funded by Ireland’s very own rock band U2 and The Ireland Funds. Those who are successful can avail of €200,000 per year from Music Generation, which must be matched by locally raised funds. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is hoping to secure one of the spaces on the programme in this forthcoming application process to encourage music education in the county. This is an inspiring initiative and really exciting opportunity which, if successful, will enable us to deliver musical programmes that will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of the young people in the region.
An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cormac Devlin said,
Following on from the creation of the Council’s Arts Development Plan last year, we are delighted to now focus on the growth and development of music in this county through this partnership and to begin planning a range of services and supports to assist the people of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to actively participate, engage, learn and develop through music. This is an important phase in the implementation of our County Arts Plan.”
A Council lead public consultation process ran during February and March to get everyone’s feedback on music in dlr. Each childcare centre, primary and secondary school, youth centre and music school were asked their views so that our music proposal reflects their interests and local need.
Philomena Poole, Chief Executive for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown also commented,
We are really pleased to be at a point where we can focus on music development. We continue to welcome the views of those who are interested, including the children and young people of the county in order to inform the planning and development process and the funding application to Music Generation. People’s feedback will ensure that the Council’s Arts Office and the MEP designs the best possible supports for both music education services and access to music in the county in the coming years. This programme is building on a strong music and arts tradition here in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and is working towards ensuring there is access to music education for all.”
For further information or to give your feedback on music education e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01) 236 2759
Full details of the Music Generation scheme can be found at www.musicgeneration.ie