MUSIC GENERATION CAVAN/MONAGHAN
CAVAN/MONAGHAN MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDED €450,000 IN PHILANTHROPIC FUNDING TO ESTABLISH LOCAL MUSIC EDUCATION SERVICES
FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Wednesday 20th September 2017: Music Generation today announced that Counties Cavan and Monaghan will together receive €450,000 in philanthropic funding from U2 and The Ireland Funds over three years to create increased access to high-quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition for children and young people throughout the region. Operating on a 50/50 matched funding basis, Cavan/Monaghan Music Education Partnership will also generate a further €450,000 locally over the three year period. Cavan/Monaghan is among 9 new areas of the country selected for participation in Music Generation’s second phase.
Ireland’s national music education programme, 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. Already, the programme creates access for more than 41,000 children and young people annually across 12 counties, with today’s announcement bringing the total number of areas reached to 21.
The 9 new Music Education Partnerships selected for participation in Music Generation ‘Phase 2’ will be established on a phased basis over the next five years. It is anticipated that planning and programming for Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan will get underway at the end of 2018.
Cavan/Monaghan Music Education Partnership (MEP) is led by Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) in partnership with Monaghan County and Cavan County Council.
Cavan/Monaghan MEP’s goal is to develop a range of affordable and accessible performance music programmes for children and young people age 0 to 18. This 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 and songwriting projects, and more, across a range of musical genres and styles.
Responding to this great news for music education in Cavan and Monaghan, John Kearney, Chief Executive of CMETB said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this terrific opportunity and to have obtained funding to develop the infrastructure for performance music education in Cavan and Monaghan. We have a rich musical tradition, and a great number of passionate and energised partners are to be thanked for their commitment to ensuring the continuation of this tradition into the future. In preparing our application to participate in Music Generation’s second phase, wide and comprehensive research was undertaken which in turn informed the partnership approach in our submission. I would like to acknowledge Dr Seán McElwain for the delivery of this unique research, with assistance from Joanne Brennan (Arts in Education Officer, CMETB), Catríona O’Reilly (Arts Officer Cavan County Council) and Somhairle Mac Conghail (Arts Officer Monaghan County Council), also working alongside key senior personnel from the respective organisations and overseen by Mr Paddy Flood, Director of Schools CMETB. I would also like to express our enormous gratitude to Music Generation’s national donors and funders U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills, without whose support this would not be possible.’
Paddy Mc Donald, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council, commented: ‘Speaking on behalf of the Members and Executive of Cavan County Council we are very pleased that our partnership application was successful. We believe that this investment in performance music education will enrich the lives of young people in our counties and support the ongoing development of arts and cultural services for the good of all citizens.’
Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, Cathy Bennett said: ‘We are delighted at this great news for music education in our counties and enthusiastic about the next steps that we will take as part of Music Generation. We look forward to creating new opportunities for the children and young people of both Monaghan and Cavan to develop their musical creativity.’
Expansion of the Music Generation initiative into the Cavan/Monaghan region was made possible 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 once the philanthropic donations cease. In raising the corresponding matched funding, Cavan/Monaghan MEP is set to invest €450,000 in music tuition during its first three years.
Speaking on the announcement of the Phase 2 expansion, U2’s The Edge said: ‘This is a really important moment for Music Generation. Our ambition is for every child and young person in Ireland to have access to tuition and this next phase of expansion brings us ever closer. Huge thanks to both the Government and The Ireland Funds for their ongoing commitment to a programme of which we, as a band, are immensely proud.’
‘I would like to congratulate Cavan/Monaghan Music Education Partnership and the various individuals, groups and Statutory Agencies that have come together to support the development of the Music Generation programme within the local area’, said Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. ‘My Department wholeheartedly believes in the importance of facilitating access to music for children and young people, which unlocks their creativity and can help them reach their potential in all areas of their education. Through our ongoing annual €2.5m funding of Music Generation’s first phase, and our commitment to co-funding 9 new areas into the future, we will work together with all partners to ensure the continued success of this important non-mainstream music education programme.’
Kieran McLoughlin, Worldwide President and CEO, The Ireland Funds, said: ‘It is wonderful to see the ongoing success of this pioneering programme, which has already had a remarkable impact on the communities in which it operates. We are delighted to be working with U2 and the Department of Education and Skills on this great Public-Philanthropic Partnership to bring the benefits of musical education to thousands of Irish young people.’
Speaking of the announcement National Director of Music Generation, Rosaleen Molloy remarked: We are thrilled that Cavan and Monaghan are together joining the next phase of Music Generation, and we would like to acknowledge the ambition and vision of Cavan/Monaghan Music Education Partnership in seeking truly transformative outcomes for the children and young people with whom it will engage. Music Generation looks forward to working with Cavan/Monaghan MEP to progress their plans for development, building upon the remarkable success of Music Generation’s story so far.’