Creative Ireland Announces Choral Initiative for Children

Participants in a Creative Ireland Youth Choral initiative in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Creative Ireland Announces Choral Initiative for Children

Strategy to be rolled out in 2019.

Creative Ireland has announced that it will develop a new strategy for choral singing among children. The announcement is included in the Creative Youth plan, which was published in December.

The plan states that Creative Ireland ‘will work with key partners to develop a programme aimed at encouraging creative and sustainable engagement with singing and choral music for young people. The strategy will be developed in 2018 and rolled out in 2019.’

The choral initiative is one of 17 actions included in the document.

The others include a Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative that will ‘incentivise and recognise schools … that make the arts a key part of school life’; and a Creative Clusters Scheme that will give schools the opportunity to group together in order to generate creative projects. 

The plan also aims to increase participation in drama and theatre outside of school through the expansion of youth theatres. A Creative Ireland research project will be established to gather information on creative engagement in the lives of young people.

The document re-states the Government’s 2016 commitment that ‘every child in Ireland [will have] practical access to tuition, experience and participation in music, drama, art and coding by 2022.’ Regarding Music Generation, which recently expanded into nine new areas, ’The intention is that existing programmes will continue into the future with Exchequer funding when the philanthropic donations cease.’

The budget for Creative Ireland will be €8.5m in 2018.

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Published on 5 January 2018


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