Music Generation - Ireland’s National Music Education Programme Call for Applications

17 January 2011

Deadline for applications: 31st March 2011

Music Generation, the U2 and Ireland Funds supported National Music Education Programme, was officially unveiled today. Initiated by Music Network, the national agency for music development, Music Generation aims to help children and young people to access music education in their own locality.  The call went out for applications from local Music Education Partnerships across the country seeking to apply for funding.


The Music Education Partnership model, developed by Music Network, has been successfully piloted in Donegal and Dublin. Funding for up to twelve Music Education Partnerships will be awarded on a phased basis from 2011-2015, most likely in three locations at a time.  Music Education Partnerships are eligible to apply for 50% funding, up to a maximum of €200,000 per annum over three years. The closing date for Round 1 applications is Thursday, March 31st, 2011.  


Music Generation will provide three-year seed funding to establish local services, which will be sustained by Music Education Partnerships on a long-term basis. It is the intention of the Department of Education & Skills that Music Education Partnerships will be continued into the future with Exchequer funding when the Music Generation donations cease.


Detailed guidelines and all application details are available on the Music Generation Website.



What is Music Generation?

Music Generation is Ireland's National Music Education Programme, funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds. It aims to help children and young people to access vocal and instrumental tuition in their own locality.

What does it offer?

Music Generation offers funding and support to establish local Music Education Partnerships throughout Ireland.

Who can apply?

Only Music Education Partnerships, which include at least one statutory agency as a Lead Partner, can apply.

How much funding is available?

50% funding from Music Generation, up to a maximum of €200,000 per year over three years.

When is the deadline?

The closing date for Round 1 applications is 5pm March 31st, 2011. There may be up to four funding deadlines during the 5-year programme 2011-2015.


Visit the Music Generation website to find out more or contact:


Music Generation,

c/o Music Network,

The Coach House,

Dublin Castle,

Dublin 2.


Telephone:  01 6719429

Fax:  01 6719430