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### U2 Ranks Music Education Program Among Top Achievements

The guitarist expressed the band’s immense pride in the success of the Music Generation education program, which they actively contributed to establish. The Edge and Adam Clayton addressed the Music Generation annual conference via video link from Las Vegas, following their recent residency at the Sphere. U2 played a pivotal role as original supporters of Music Generation, providing an initial donation of €5 million and an additional €2 million in 2015, amidst the recession-driven limitations on nationwide music education initiatives.

U2’s involvement kickstarted Music Generation in 2011 across three counties, expanding to 29 local authority areas. The Government subsequently allocated €7 million in funding for the program, benefiting 85,000 students in 2022 and a similar number this year, with 505 individuals currently employed by Music Generation.

The Edge highlighted the band’s satisfaction in witnessing Music Generation positively impact numerous lives within a relatively short timeframe. Adam Clayton emphasized the shared belief in the transformative influence of music education, acknowledging the ongoing efforts required to enhance access equality. Looking forward, the band anticipates a future filled with promise and enthusiasm for Music Generation’s evolution.

Minister for Education Norma Foley inaugurated the conference, affirming the Government’s unwavering support to ensure Irish children receive top-notch music education. Music Generation’s national director, Rosaleen Molloy, outlined plans to transition the project into an all-island initiative, underscoring the collaborative efforts between central Government, philanthropic entities, and local authorities that have laid the foundation for a comprehensive national music education network.