Bank pledge continued support to Irish scheme
By Buzz Brady, IrishCentral Staff Writer
(Originally posted on December 13, 2011)
Irish rock legends U2 have pledged to support Ireland's talented youth with their continued investment into the Music Generation Scheme.
The Irish band have pledged to invest $2.2 million (€1.7 million) to help young people in Cork City, Laois and Wicklow get both vocal and tuition access in their locality.
U2 guitarist the Edge said: "Access to music for children and young people is something that is very close to our hearts. We believe that every child should have the choice to get involved in music, irrespective of their background.
"Music Generation is addressing the gap in individual and group vocal and instrumental music tuition in our education system and we are delighted to be playing a part in nurturing and inspiring Ireland's young musicians of the future."
Meanwhile the bands 360° world tour has been named as the biggest grossing tour of all time, raking in a massive $736 million.
Launched in 2009, Music Generation represented the largest-ever single philanthropic gift to music education in Ireland in the history of the state, the Irish Times reports. U2 gave a $6.5 million (€5 million) donation and The Ireland Funds have another $2.6 million (€2 million) to the cause.
Last year the program ran in Louth, Mayo and Sligo. It is expected to generate considerable job opportunities for local musicians over the next five years.
Chairman of Music Generation Dr Tony O Dalaigh said: "Music Generation would not be happening without the contributions made by U2 and the Ireland Funds."
"In practical terms it means that Music Generation can provide access to music education which is currently available to the majority of children, as well as employment for musicians in their locality," he added.
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