Two New Appointments to the Board of Music Generation

09 March 2016

Two New Appointments to the Board of Music Generation, Including the Announcement of Dr Don Thornhill as Chairperson


Music Generation has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board, Dr Don Thornhill and Martin Drury. Dr Thornhill, a former top civil servant, and a current and former board member and adviser to several organisations, will take up the role of Chairperson. Arts practitioner, policy-maker and former Arts Council Director of Strategic Development, Martin Drury also joins the Board.


Welcoming the new appointments to the Board of Music Generation, National Director Rosaleen Molloy said:

“I am delighted that Dr Don Thornhill and Martin Drury have joined the Board of Music Generation. They each bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation, particularly in the areas of policy-making, strategic development and in the arts and education sectors. The Board and staff of Music Generation very much look forward to working with Don and Martin over the coming years as we enter an exciting new phase of development.”


On his appointment as the new Chairperson of Music Generation, Dr Don Thornhill said:

“I am delighted to take up the role of Chairperson of this terrific organisation. Music Generation’s achievements in its first five years have been remarkable, working closely with both philanthropic donors and with government departments in developing a ground-breaking approach to public private partnership. Music Generation’s core principle is that music education transforms lives and that it is every child and young person’s right to have the choice to participate as a musical citizen. I look forward to working with fellow Board members and the Executive of Music Generation, in addition to the programme’s partners – U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships – to advance the important mission of this organisation.”


Speaking of his appointment, Martin Drury said:

“Having worked closely on Music Network’s 2003 Feasibility Study ‘A National System of Local Music Education Services’, which was seedbed and catalyst for Music Generation, I am gratified to join the Board and to now have the opportunity to experience first-hand the tangible outcomes of this pioneering programme. Music Generation is mobilising a movement of unprecedented change in Irish music education and I look forward to working with my fellow Board Members and Music Generation’s donors, funders and staff during its next phase.”


Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Currently established in 12 regions of Ireland (Louth, Mayo, Sligo, Cork City, Laois, Wicklow, Carlow, Limerick City, Offaly, Westmeath, Clare and South Dublin), the programme provides high quality, subsidised performance music education to more than 26,000 children and young people annually who would not otherwise have the choice of access or the chance to participate. Since its formation Music Generation has created more than 330 employment opportunities, mainly for musicians who deliver over 80 different programmes in 400 tuition centres nationally. Music Generation focuses on performance music education – that is vocal and instrumental tuition, encompassing all music genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles, from ukulele groups to rock bands, choirs, orchestras, composers’ clubs, rock schools, hip hop squads, traditional Irish music ensembles, rap groups, song-writing sessions and more.