U2 give to the tune of ¤5 mil­lion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Inside -

U2 have do­nated ¤5 mil­lion to a scheme de­signed to nur­ture mu­si­cal tal­ent in Ir­ish kids. In con­junc­tion with The Ire­land Funds – a global or­gan­i­sa­tion that fundraises for arts, cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment – the band are be­hind a scheme that will pro­vide mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion to youngsters from 2010 to 2015. The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence, Batt O'Ke­effe, said that he had “recog­nised the gaps” in the sys­tem, and that the pro­gramme “has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate a true legacy for mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in Ire­land”.

The Edge said that the band had been looking for an op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in such a pro­gramme for some time. “Be­ing around mu­sic at a young age was im­por­tant for us and we were lucky to have it at school,” he said. “Af­ter talk­ing to var­i­ous peo­ple, we came to the con­clu­sion that the Mu­sic Net­work scheme is re­ally well thought out and that we, in part­ner­ship with the Ire­land Funds, should just get be­hind it.”

The Edge: “had it at school”

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