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New Music Initiative For Young People In Limerick

Date: 18 Feb 2011

A large group of people with an interest in music for the next generation attended a public information meeting on Wednesday February 16th at The Strand Hotel in the city. A working committee, interested in developing and improving the infrastructure for music education in Limerick, presented a preliminary briefing on Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation.

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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 Music Education Partnership for Limerick. It is hoped that this MEP would be in a position to prepare an application proposal for the first round of funding from the programme this year or for subsequent application rounds.

City of Limerick VEC’s centre, Limerick School of Music, is currently the largest provider of music education and tuition in the Mid-West, with a student enrolment of 1500. LSOM also provides outreach programmes for young people through Our Lady Queen of Peace in Janesboro and the Northside Learning Hub in Kileely. Its Principal, David O’Connell, is very excited about what the Music Generation programme could offer the city. “Through establishing a Music Education Partnership in Limerick, much-needed funding could be unlocked to enable young people to access music in a new and innovative way. At Wednesday night’s meeting we wanted to identify what initiatives the programme might fund and how much might be available for Limerick”, he said.

Members of the general public are invited to download and fill out the questionnaire below, especially youth & community groups and vocal & instrumental groups working with young people from 4 to 18 years of age. Completed questionnaires can be sent by e-mail to limerickcitymep@clvec.ie.

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