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Vol 11 Issue 10
03 July 2014

Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme

Music Generation and the Arts Council have come together on a new partnership programme which is intended to add value to the current work being carried out by Music Generation in developing a National Music Education Programme.

The Arts Council role is to provide funding in support of professional musicians and artists working with young people within the context of Music Generation. This partnership will create opportunities for aligning the expertise of professional musicians with a range of wonderful initiatives in locally based music education, local music development and live music performance.

It is hoped that children and young people will be provided with more rounded and fuller music education experiences by ensuring that they have opportunities to interact with professional musicians in a range of ways which take the form of musical 'residencies'. It is intended that within this context, the concept of a residency is used flexibly with a view to facilitating a wide range of activities. A key feature of the partnership is the recognition that the delivery of such programmes will be greatly enhanced by harnessing the potential of value adding partnerships between local MEPs and the existing infrastructure  of local and/or national music service providers e.g. musicians, performing groups, orchestras, choirs, venues, festivals, resource organisations and educational bodies.

The Arts Council is investing €450,000 over a period of 3 years in the programme. Music Generation will use this investment to operate a flexible funding programme inviting its local Music Education Partnerships (MEPs) to submit expressions of interest which focus on the delivery of high quality, ambitious, artistically driven and partnership-based ideas that address the music development needs they have themselves identified within their own areas. The programme will also cater for responding to expressions of interest from combinations of Music Generation MEPs.

Further information can be accessed here

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