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Final Call To Let Your Voice Be Heard

Date: 24 Sep 2011

Everyone in Limerick with an interest in music for the next generation is being encouraged to visit a website to have their say on how future music learning in the city should be shaped.  Launched by City of Limerick VEC, the lead partner in the formation of a local Music Education Partnership for Limerick City, the site www.limerickcitymep.ie will identify where music learning is and isn’t currently happening in the city through a series of online surveys. The information from these surveys will be used to identify gaps in the current music learning landscape in the city and help an application for funding from Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme. 

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Funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds, Music Generation aims to help children and young people to access performance music education in their own locality. The programme will provide funding and support to establish local Music Education Partnerships throughout Ireland. City of Limerick VEC, as a statutory agency, is the lead partner in the formation of a local Partnership for Limerick City. Its CEO, Paul Patton, is very enthusiastic about what the Music Generation programme can offer the city: “Through establishing a Music Education Partnership in Limerick City, much-needed funding can be unlocked to build on existing music education and community music activities in the city. Limerick City MEP will provide new opportunities for children and young people to engage and participate meaningfully with music in an inclusive and integrated city-wide movement.”

David O' Connell, a member of the Limerick City MEP Steering Committee and Principal of Limerick School of Music, was equally enthused over the potential impact a successful application could have on Limerick City's music education landscape, believing that, “a successful MEP application could potentially provide access to music education for every young person in Limerick”. He continued, “Through completion of the online surveys we will be able to identify what initiatives the programme might fund”.

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Members of the general public, who haven't already visited the site, are being encouraged to go to www.limerickcitymep.ie as soon as possible and complete one of the online surveys that relates to their experience of music in Limerick. Schools, youth groups, community groups and vocal and instrumental groups working with young people from 4 to 18 years of age are all especially encouraged to let their voices be heard. There has already been a great response from a number of primary and post-primary schools, as well as various community groups in the city. However, it is vital that everyone lets their voice be heard.

More information on the Music Generation programme is also available on www.musicgeneration.ie.

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