Update - National Music Education Programme

19 August 2010

In July 2009, a fund of €7million for Ireland’s new National Music Education Programme was announced, made possible through a major philanthropic donation from U2 and gifts from The Ireland Funds. The structural basis for this Programme will be Music Network’s Music Education Partnership model, which has been successfully piloted in Donegal and Dublin to date.

The National Music Education Programme promises to be an exciting and dynamic opportunity in developing and energising a partnership approach to the music education movement in Ireland over the next five years.

An initial planning phase is currently underway and it is anticipated that a series of information seminars will be scheduled around the country during October and November this year. Thereafter, guidelines for participation and an invitation for proposals from Music Education Partnerships will be issued.

Rosaleen Molloy, Director of the Programme commented, ‘There has been a significant level of interest in the National Music Education Programme from a range of organisations and sectors dealing with services for children and young people. This enthusiastic response is most heartening, and gives a very positive indication of the strong commitment to the development of music education through partnership across the country.’

‘The National Music Education Programme intends taking a developmental approach to working with Music Education Partnerships during the pre-application, planning and implementation stages throughout the five year period 2010 – 2015. Individual meetings with Music Education Partnerships will be scheduled once the guidelines and the call for proposals are officially announced.’  

In the interim, interested applicants are reminded of the following:  

o    Only Music Education Partnerships [which must include at least one statutory authority e.g. Local Authority, VEC etc.] are eligible to apply
o    The National Music Education Programme is aimed at providing access to vocal and instrumental education for children and young people in their own locality
o    50% funding, up to a maximum of €200,000 per annum over three years will be awarded to each Music Education Partnership to provide for the cost of local administration and music educators. Local Partnerships must show how they will generate matching resources locally and how they will plan to make the scheme sustainable in the long term.
o    The National Music Education Programme will be rolled out on a phased basis, most likely three locations at a time.

For further information from education@musicnetwork.ie.