Music Generation Limerick County will offer new opportunities for children particularly those experiencing socio-economic and/or geographic disadvantage, to participate in dynamic and diverse performance music education programmes.
Music Generation Limerick County will offer new opportunities for children and young people
Limerick County is the latest area to commence participation in Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme which strives to transform children and young people’s lives by giving them opportunities to create, play and perform music in their own communities. ‘Music Generation Limerick County’ will be established as part of the programme’s journey towards nationwide expansion.
Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board has partnered with Limerick City and County Council and Music Generation to improve opportunities for children and young people in the county to access high quality subsidised performance music education. Over the coming years Music Generation Limerick County will offer new opportunities for children and young people, particularly those experiencing socio-economic and/or geographic disadvantage, to participate in dynamic and diverse performance music education programmes.
Planning for the roll-out of Music Generation Limerick County is already underway. The next immediate step is to recruit a new Music Generation Development Officer with specific expertise to oversee programme development. Advertisements for the role are now live on Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s website at www.lcetb.ie/mglco.
Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education, and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs). Locally, Music Generation Limerick County will be led by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in partnership with Limerick City and County Council. Its formation in Limerick County follows a commitment by Government in 2017 to support the nationwide roll-out of Music Generation as part of ‘Creative Youth’ – a Creative Ireland plan to enable the creative potential of every child and young person.
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Commenting on the new programme, Paul Patton, Director of Further Education and Training with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said: “Music Generation Limerick County has developed several strands that will tend directly to the specific needs of the young people involved in the programme. These will aim to interlock and weave a new cultural, musical tapestry within the county.” He continued: “This provides a very unique opportunity to link the three different LMEPs (Music Generation Limerick City, Music Generation Limerick County and Music Generation Clare) and create a musical dialogue; three voices across the Shannon region.”
Pippa Little, Culture and Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council also added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board to bring high quality musical education to the children and young people of County Limerick. The inclusive approach of Music Generation Limerick City is a game changer in supporting children and young people to engaging with a key aspect of our culture, music.”
Since its establishment in 2010, Music Generation has grown to reach 26 areas of Ireland. Currently it creates some 67,000 opportunities annually for children and young people to access music tuition, and 400 employment opportunities for skilled musician educators. Since March 2020, Music Generation programmes nationwide have been adapting and innovating to find safe, inspiring ways to connect with children and young people through music, on- and offline.
Rosaleen Molloy, National Director of Music Generation, said: “I’m thrilled that Limerick County is joining us at Music Generation. Limerick County has shown enormous ambition and great dedication in setting out its vision for performance music education within the county. We look forward to working with all partners over the coming months and years to realise this vision, which will bring about truly transformative outcomes for the county’s next musical generation.”
Recruitment for the role of Music Generation Development Officer (Limerick County)
Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is now inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the role of Music Generation Development Officer (Limerick County). This is a five-year, fixed term contract. The application form, job description and person specification are available to download on www.lcetb.ie/mglco. The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesda, June 22 2021 at 12 noon.
About Music Generation
Music Generation is Ireland’s national music education programme which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Established in 2010 by Music Network, Phase 1 of Music Generation was made possible by philanthropic donations from U2 and The Ireland Funds, which were gifted to progress the implementation of Music Network’s Feasibility Study for a National System of Local Music Education Services.
Music Generation currently works closely with Government through the Department of Education (DoE) and the Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs) established during Phase 1 – Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Laois, Limerick City, Louth, Mayo, Offaly/Westmeath, Sligo, South Dublin and Wicklow. Each of these programmes is now sustainably co-funded on an ongoing 50/50 basis by the DoE and LMEPs, ensuring a long-term and lasting outcome from U2 and The Ireland Funds’ philanthropic giving.
Phase 2 of Music Generation was enabled through the combined investment of U2 and The Ireland Funds to seed-fund expansion of the programme into 9 new areas of Ireland between 2017 and 2021 – Cavan/Monaghan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Galway City, Galway County, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Waterford, and Wexford. The DoE has pledged its commitment to sustainably co-fund Phase 2 into the future, subject to Exchequer funding.
In December 2017, Government announced its commitment to support expansion of the programme nationwide by 2022. The process for roll-out will commenced in 2019 with five further areas of Ireland: Kerry, Kildare, Longford, Meath and Tipperary. Fingal was announced as the latest area to join the programme in 2021. Subject to Exchequer funding, it is intended that all remaining areas of the country will have access to Music Generation by 2022.
Currently Music Generation creates more than 67,000 opportunities annually for children and young people ages 0 to 18 to engage in high-quality, subsidised performance music education across more than 200 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. 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.
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