Musicstage Music Generation launches Phase 2 and announces open national call for applications

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  • Posted By : Musicstage
  • Posted On : Jan 25, 2017
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  • Category : Partner news
  • Description : A total of €3m in funding – from philanthropic investment by U2 and The Ireland Funds – is available through the call


  • Music Generation, a pioneering national non-mainstream music education programme which creates access to high quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition for children and young people across Ireland, has announced an open call for Music Education Partnerships to apply to join its second phase.

    A total of €3m in funding – from philanthropic investment by U2 and The Ireland Funds – is available through the call, which will enable Music Generation's expansion into new areas of the Republic of Ireland between 2017 and 2021. 

    Applications are invited from Music Education Partnerships – locally based groups of people and organisations, led by an Education and Training Board or a Local Authority, which come together to establish sustainable music programmes in their communities. Initiated by Music Network in 2010, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills (which currently supports the initiative with an investment of €2.5m per year) and Local Music Education Partnerships.

    Currently, Music Generation is established in 11 Music Education Partnerships across Ireland, offering more than 100 different programmes across all genres and styles of music, reaching 38,000 children and young people annually and creating over 330 employment opportunities.

    Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, said:

    'I am delighted that my Department currently invests €2.5 million to support this educational programme. This programme plays an enormous role in providing children with access to a music education. We are delighted to work in partnership with U2 and The Ireland Funds to enable the expansion of the Music Generation programme and to ensure the future of non-mainstream music education in Ireland. Our ongoing co-funding of Music Generation's first phase and our commitment to the long-term future of Phase 2 mark a significant investment by government in the musical futures of Ireland's children and young people.'

    U2's Adam Clayton said:

    We're so proud of Music Generation's great achievement – and the government's commitment is so important – in bringing this programme to 38,000+ children across the country. The sky is the limit over the next five years.'

    Kieran McLoughlin, Worldwide President and CEO, The Ireland Funds, said:

    'Music Generation is a terrific example of what can be achieved as a result of visionary public-private partnership. The initial philanthropic investment in the programme is already yielding extraordinary results, inspiring and enriching the lives of 38,000 children and young people across Ireland. We look forward to working with U2 and the Department of Education and Skills to establish this new phase of Music Generation on a sustainable footing.'

    National Director of Music Generation, Rosaleen Molloy, said:

    'Music Generation believes passionately that it is every child and young person's right to have the choice of access and the chance to participate as a musical citizen. The launch of this next exciting phase means that Music Generation's reach will grow even further, coming closer to our ultimate vision of universal access. We are so grateful to U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills for making this possible and we look forward to working with new Music Education Partnerships in establishing the programme in new areas of the country over the next five years.'

    New Music Education Partnerships must register their interest in applying to Music Generation by Friday 17 February 2017. The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 31 May 2017.

    Full details and application guidelines are available at

    A General Information Session about Phase 2 of Music Generation took place yesterday at Dublin's National Concert Hall. A second session takes place tomorrow with details available here.