Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed that the Cork Youth Orchestra and the Bandon Concert Band will receive €2,000 and €2,500 respectively through a Government funding initiative for music education groups.
“I am delighted that local music education groups here in Cork will receive funding through the Music Bursary Scheme. It will enable them to continue providing access to varied musical education experiences for young people and children, supporting and encouraging the participation and development of our future musicians.
“Developing music education is a great way to help children and young people learn a new skill and gain confidence in themselves while also having fun. In order to qualify for the funding, our local groups had to demonstrate a well-established track record in music education provision with strong learning outcomes for participants.
“The funding granted can be used to purchase instruments and will greatly help smaller scale musical education as well as community initiatives and organisations to nurture our young musicians.
“My Fine Gael colleague and Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, supports music education through a number of initiatives including music on the curriculum, Music Generation and now through this bursary scheme.
“I hope that this initiative will help to further shape the landscape of music education in Ireland and provide encouragement for future talent.”