MGS 50/50 Instrument Bank Scheme Announced

Music Generation Sligo has announced a new funding scheme worth €40,000 for schools and youth/music organisations to expand or create new musical instrument banks. The scheme is set to benefit thousands of young people under the age of 18 in Sligo.

The second annual Music Generation Sligo Instrument Bank 50/50 Scheme, supported by Music Generation national and local partners, is now seeking applications from schools, youth, community and music organisations in Sligo

The scheme will grant-aid 50% of the cost of each local instrument bank and purchase high quality instruments such as digital pianos, guitars, drums, trumpets, violins, harps, concertinas, percussion packs and much more.

Whether beginners or experienced, young musicians need instruments to learn and perform. The cost of these instruments can often be out of reach for many. This scheme will help groups and organisations working with young people to purchase quality instruments in any genre… generating more music and a new generation of musicians.

Music Generation is a national music education programme for children and young people, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education & Skills and Sligo Music Education Partnership.

Music Generation Sligo is part of the network of local music education partnerships established under this programme, managed and 50% funded locally by Sligo Music Education Partnership: Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration and the local music sector.

The aim of Music Generation Sligo is, through partnership, to develop the local music education system and provision to ensure that every child and young adult in Sligo has access to a high quality, active performance music education service. Music Generation Sligo currently reaches 2,000 children and young people annually through an exciting range of programmes including Discovering & Performing Music access programmes in early year, primary, post primary schools and youth settings; Instrumental & Vocal Tuition in Regional Tuition Centres in Easkey, Gurteen, Ballymote, Grange & Sligo town; a Performance Programme offering opportunities for ambitious live performance; Summer Camps & Masterclasses; and access to Instrument Banks throughout the county.

The Music Generation Sligo Instrument Bank 50/50 Scheme is now open for applications. The closing date is Tuesday 4 November 2014. Download the application form here or contact us: [email protected] or 071 913 8306.


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