Music set to generate jobs

AS well as providing a wealth of musical tuition for the young people of Laois, the €1m Music Generation will also be providing jobs for tutors, with recruitment starting early next year.

AS well as providing a wealth of musical tuition for the young people of Laois, the €1m Music Generation will also be providing jobs for tutors, with recruitment starting early next year.

Director of Music Generation, Rosaleen Molloy told the Leinster Expres last week that “jobs are big on the agenda” for the Laois project and that the Laois Music Education Partnership would be recruiting a co-ordinator and a panel of tutors from early next year.

She was in Portlaoise last week for the first official meeting of the Laois Music Education Partnership (MEP) which will oversee the project which is backed by U2. The meeting took place in Laois County Council headquarters in Portlaoise last Friday.

At the meeting Ms Molloy set out the processes and procedures entailed with Laois receiving the €511,000 funding towards performance music education in the county. Representation from the various agencies involved in the music education partnership were present at the meeting, including Laois County Council, the Laois School of Music, Laois VEC, Laois Partnership, Laois Third Level Centre and the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Ms Molloy said that there was a huge amount of talent throughout the country and that counties where the programme was already in place were doing very well, with tutorials in Sligo beginning two weeks ago.

“This will give children in Laois access to all kinds of music so they can explore everything from classical to jazz, rock and pop,” she said.

CEO of Laois Partnership Anne Goodwin was delighted with the news that Laois would be receiving the funding. “It is a great achievement and a huge amount of work has been put in. There has been a lot of work from Nuala (Kelly) and it was a tough application” she said.

Anne O’ Keeffe, CEO of Laois VEC said it was a “great coup” for Laois.

“It is great for the VEC to be involved in this project. There will be a lot of money coming into the county and it will be bringing in employment as well. It will include everybody, it is not just for schools but for the wider community,” she told the VEC meeting this week..

Laois VEC have committed along with Laois County Council to provide €10,000 pa for the next three years, as part of the matched funding Laois must provide.

The Music Generation involves projects such the Laois School of Rock, the Stampede Drumming Project, an uileann piping initiativen, The Music Box as well as a range of access programmes through primary and secondary schools and community groups which will provide vocal and instrumental tuition and access to instrument banks.