Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ROCK ICONS U2 have co-funded a new Cork music programme that could create the stars of the future.
Music Generation Cork City, a new programme to bring music to youngsters who may never otherwise have had an opportunity to play instruments or learn musical skills, begins in nine city schools this month.
The programme is designed to create greater access to music for children living in the city’s four RAPID areas — parts of the city deemed to be in need of better services.
These areas include Knocknaheeny, Hollyhill, Churchfield, Blackpool, The Glen, Mayfield, Fair Hill, Gurranabraher, Farranree, Togher and Mahon.
A total of 1.2m will be spent on rolling out the three-year project — half of which was raised locally by the city council, the HSE, local third-level colleges and other State agencies.
This is then matched by the programme’s national donors, U2 and The Ireland Funds — a group of overseas donors who have  links to Ireland.
The programme will initially be open to 500 children in seven primary schools and two secondary schools and will later be expanded to work with youth and community groups.

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