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About Music Generation

Music Generation
is Ireland's National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education in their locality. That is, vocal and instrumental tuition, encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles, delivered by skilled professional musicians.

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.

Music Generation currently offers programmes in 13 areas of the country:

  • Carlow
  • Clare
  • Cork City
  • Donegal
  • Laois
  • Limerick City
  • Louth
  • Mayo
  • Offaly / Westmeath
  • Sligo
  • South Dublin
  • Wicklow

Locally, the programmes are managed by Music Education Partnerships under the leadership of Coordinators.


In 2009, U2 and The Ireland Funds gifted a €7m philanthropic donation to music education in Ireland with a very clear intention:

'What we want to do is really simple. We just want to make sure that everyone, whatever their background, gets access to music tuition. That’s the idea.'

The philanthropic donation was gifted to seed-fund phased implementation of Music Network's Feasibility Study for a National System of Local Music Education Services.

'We had been looking for some time for a way to get involved in an initiative in music education in Ireland. After talking to various people in Ireland about what to do, we came to the conclusion that the Music Network scheme is really well thought out and that we, in partnership with The Ireland Funds, should just get behind it.'
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Just over five years on, Music Generation's impact on transforming the landscape for performance music education in Ireland has been phenomenal. With Music Education Partnerships now established in 12 areas of the country and working in collaboration with Donegal Music Education Partnership, the programme currently reaches some 38,000 children and young people annually, supporting more than 330 employment opportunities.