Grants will give Cork community music groups funding for instruments

Cork based Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the launch of the Non-mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2017.

The Non-mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2017 will provide funding to smaller-scale music education and community music initiatives that have limited or no access to other forms of public funding.

It will help to advance music education across the country, providing support and encouragement for future musicians in Cork and all across Ireland. Grants can be used for be instruments and the total budget available in 2017 is €100,000.

I am delighted with the launch of this scheme. It will help nurture our talented young musicians and ensure children can participate in the arts from an early age with improved access to instruments and musical equipment.

I would encourage all organisations providing music education to young people under the age of 18 outside the school environment to apply for funding through the scheme.

Applications close March 10th and will be considered by the Committee for Non-Mainstream Department of Education and Skills funded Music Education. Application forms are available on the Department’s website.”