John Kelly Appointed to Board of Music Generation

John Kelly with The Edge and Bono of U2 – supporters of Music Generation.

John Kelly Appointed to Board of Music Generation

Broadcaster and writer joins board of directors of music education programme.

Music Generation, the national music education programme, has announced the appointment of writer and broadcaster John Kelly to its board.

Kelly has a long association with the music scene in Ireland through his work as a radio and television presenter. He currently presents The Mystery Train on RTÉ Lyric FM. He also presents the television arts interview programme The Works Presents which begins a new series this week. Kelly has published three novels and last autumn published a collection of poetry with Dedalus press titled Notions.

Commenting on the announcement, Kelly said:

I’m delighted to take up this new role on the board of Music Generation, a programme that plays such a key role in nurturing our next generation of young musicians. The programme’s achievements during its first decade have already been extraordinary, creating such a broad pathway for children and young people to access music in a creative, inclusive way. I’m looking forward to working together with my fellow board members to advance this great movement of change for music education in Ireland.

The other members of the board are Leo Blennerhassett (Chairperson), Pat Burke, Anna Marie Delaney, Martin Drury, David Leahy, Deirdre McCrea, James Morris and Chantal O’Sullivan. 

Announcing Kelly’s appointment, Blennerhassett commented:

John’s significant knowledge and practical experience in the world of Irish arts and culture will undoubtedly be of enormous benefit to Music Generation over the coming years, as the organisation continues to advance its mission to create access to high-quality, affordable music tuition for children and young people. I’m very pleased to welcome him to the board.

In May, Music Generation announced that five new counties were being added to the programme, bringing the total number of areas to twenty-six. 

Established by Music Network, Music Generation was originally co-funded with philanthropic donations from U2 and The Ireland Funds. The programmes are now funded on a 50/50 basis by the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (a group involving local Education and Training Boards, local authorities and other partners involved in music education).

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Published on 5 November 2019

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