Funding put aside to back Kilkenny's new music partnership

It follows announcement Kilkenny to receive philanthropic funding under Music Generation for tuition

Sam Matthews

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KILKENNY MUSIC

Operating on a 50/50 matched funding basis, the new partnership will receive an investment by U2 and The Ireland Funds

Kilkenny County Council set aside funding of €35,000 in the 2018 budget for a countywide music education programme.

It follows the recent announcement that Kilkenny would receive philanthropic funding under Music Generation to create increased access to music tuition for children and young people across the county.

Cllr Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere has said that next year, Kilkenny will establish its own Music Education Partnership, which will manage and deliver Music Generation’s programmes throughout the county.

Operating on a 50/50 matched funding basis, the new partnership will receive an investment by U2 and The Ireland Funds, and will also generate further income in local investment over the next five years.

Cllr Cleere says the ambition is for every child and young person in Kilkenny to have access to tuition.

“It was anticipated that the new programmes will create substantial employment opportunities for musicians in Kilkenny as well as offering access to high-quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition to thousands of children and young people who would otherwise not have the choice of access or the chance to participate,” he said.

Music Generation was initiated by Music Network in 2010 and is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships. It creates access to music tuition for thousands of people annually.