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Kildare is among five new counties in Ireland to be offered new opportunities for hundreds of children and young people to get musical tuition in their local communities.
The scheme, run by Music Generation gives high-quality and subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local communities and planning is already underway.
And a Music Generation Development Officer to oversee programme development will be recruited.
Initiated by Music Network in 2010, Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs).
Locally, Music Generation Kildare will be led by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) in partnership with Kildare County Council and with support from Maynooth University Department of Music and Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Music Generation Kildare’s goal is to develop a range of affordable and accessible ways for children and young people to engage in performance music education, and will receive up to €200,000 annually from the Department of Education and Skills.
This funding will be matched on a 50/50 basis by income generated locally.
It will include the coordination of music tuition services within the county, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and tuition centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, access programmes, composition projects, songwriting initiatives and more, across a broad range of musical genres and styles.