The goal of Music Generation dlr is to develop a range of affordable and accessible performance music education programmes for children and young people age 0 to 18. This includes coordination of music tuition services within the area, working in partnership with schools, libraries, community music groups and ensembles in the formation of choirs, orchestras, composition and songwriting projects, rock and pop initiatives and much more.
Music Generation dlr was initiated in 2017 as a result of philanthropic donations by U2 and The Ireland Funds, which will seed fund 50% of the costs of developing the programme during its set-up phase. This matched funding will be sustained on a long-term basis by the Department of Education and Skills, who will continue to co-fund the programme together with local partners once the philanthropic donations cease.
Nationally, Music Generation currently creates more than 48,500 opportunities annually for children and young people age 0 to 18 to engage in music tuition with some 400 professional musician educators across more than 150 different programmes in all musical genres and styles – from trad to jazz, rock, pop and hip-hop, samba drumming, brass band, choral and orchestral initiatives, composers clubs and much more.
In December 2017, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. announced the commitment by Government to support expansion of the programme nationwide by 2022 as part of Creative Youth – Creative Ireland Programme plan to enable the creativity of every child and young person. The process for roll-out will commence in 2019 with five further areas of Ireland. Subject to Exchequer funding it is intended that all remaining areas of the country will have access to Music Generation by 2022.
Music Generation believes in every child and young person’s musical potential and their innate artistry, 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 and that music doesn’t just change lives, it transforms lives. For further information visit the website