Music Generation is a project financed by U2 and the Ireland Funds to finance a scheme to offer children and young people in Ireland the opportunity to learn a music instrument and / or avail of vocal tuition. Administered by Music Network, the programme is being rolled out on a phased basis from 2010 to 2015. This scheme, which builds on pilot programmes run by Music Network in Dublin and Donegal, now has Music Education Partnerships in twelve areas and has received a pledge from government of matching funding of EUR 1 million for 2015.
Cultural institutions generally endeavour to provide programmes for children and young people. The Ark in Dublin offers a range of cultural experiences for children from Junior infants to sixth class in Primary School (http://ark.ie/schools) while the Luan Gallery in Athlone runs a series of courses, arts and crafts classes for children (http://www.athloneartsandtourism.ie/whats-on). The Arts Council provides a range of examples at http://www.artscouncil.ie/Arts-in-Ireland/Venues/Information-resource/Outreach/ (see also chapter 5.1).
The Heritage Council runs a Heritage in Schools scheme http://www.heritageinschools.ie/ whereby 165 specialists are available to engage with primary schools. In 2011, there were 1 595 visits to schools under this scheme, reaching 118 620 children.