U2 To Donate $7.2 Million To Music Education

U2 announced that it will be providing money through 2015 to help fund music schooling for Irish children.

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U2 has announced it is providing five million euros (about $7.2 million) through 2015 to help fund music schooling for Irish children, according to Bloomberg. The news comes in the wake of the government's cutting spending on education.

The large donation will fund musical equipment and the hiring of teachers to tutor thousands of children across the nation. 50 percent will go towards projects developed by local education groups like Music Generation, which has selected three counties to receive funding. This includes the Vocational Education Authority in County Silgo which will provide music tuition for 16,000 children to take after school classes.

An additional two million euro (about $2.9 million) commitment is being provided by Ireland Funds, an international charitable fund group supported by people of Irish ancestry across the world.

The funds will spread out through 2015 with an aim towards having the government ultimately take over.

This announcement comes amidst the Irish government cutting education spending in an attempt to save 6 billion euros ($8.6 billion) this year, which are part of the terms of the country's economic bailout package. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said he was "very grateful for U2" when his nation is not "in a position" to invest in education.

This government, led by Prime Minister Enda Kenny, has already withheld education expenditures cutting about three percent between 2008 and 2011 with student numbers expected to rise by 100,000 (10 percent) in the next seven years.

Home to other important international music figures such as Enya, Westlife, The Corrs, Nadine Coyle and Celtic Woman, the donation gives hope to a country with a longstanding music history which currently has just one percent of secondary pupils receiving music tuition.

Thanks for the report to HollywoodReporter.com.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Trent Armitage
    I hate how the Government cuts education. Its always the first thing they do. How about getting rid of loopholes for big businesses...
    hriday_hazarika
    elcapitan1800 wrote: Yayyy Bono! Everyone get down on his dick!! As nice as this is, I am not impressed. Dont forget that this is less than 1% of the money that they made on their last tour alone. And that was a two year tour, this donation is spread out over four years.
    At least their money is of some help to people. Your bitching, on the other hand, isn't.
    nimrod_hahahaha
    i don't see why anybody would sneer at this. it doesn't matter where the money comes from or how much the band has for themselves, the point is IT'S $7.2 MILLION GOING TO FUND MUSICAL EDUCATION! can we all not just be really grateful for that? it's baffling how people can still turn this round to hate on Bono and U2
    $hithappen$16
    shreducator wrote: Bono: "Here's some pocket change for you guys, so you can see how rich and generous I am and I can look down my nose at you."
    how about you donate more than them? oh wait, you can't cuz ur broke? Then what are you b*tching about?
    Epiklesis
    Wanna do something great and helpful? Just help me pay my appartment this month cause im broke as ****.
    j-e-f-f-e-r-s
    elcapitan1800 wrote: Yayyy Bono! Everyone get down on his dick!! As nice as this is, I am not impressed. Dont forget that this is less than 1% of the money that they made on their last tour alone. And that was a two year tour, this donation is spread out over four years.
    While it may not be a huge chunk of their gig takings, it's still 7.2 million dollars. That's a lot of money that can be put to a lot of good uses. Considering no-one's pointing a gun at their head and forcing them to give anything to charity, this is pretty big of them. I'm not even a big fan of U2, and I can't stand Bono. But this is pretty cool.
    moparhead
    Trent Armitage wrote: I hate how the Government cuts education. Its always the first thing they do. How about getting rid of loopholes for big businesses...
    Government hates us all
    RyanM92
    I'm just out of school in Ireland, and i know some very talented young musicians who will benefit from this. Its a shame how we cut education in the first place however.
    Trent Armitage
    b_flo wrote: I guess we'll start seeing posts of, "that's not enough". So typical of those who are jealous...the ones that can't succeed in the music biz. I doubt they even know how much bands, like U2, give to charities annually. There are so many "under-the-radar" private charity events that several bands do every year.
    Where are those trolls about him making a billion dollars?
    Xelested
    Im not going to comment that this is like pennies to them, but instead mention that many young musicians are lacking proper equipment. My first 6 years at school we werent even allowed to touch instruments. When i got to 7th grade, changes school, finally got to play guitar, I realized what I had been missing out on.
    slaptasticdave
    Nice to see them giving back like this considering back when they were in school they would get to rehearse in their schools music room (If I remember U2 by U2 correctly)
    shreducator
    Bono: "Here's some pocket change for you guys, so you can see how rich and generous I am and I can look down my nose at you."
    b_flo
    I guess we'll start seeing posts of, "that's not enough". So typical of those who are jealous...the ones that can't succeed in the music biz. I doubt they even know how much bands, like U2, give to charities annually. There are so many "under-the-radar" private charity events that several bands do every year.
    elcapitan1800
    Yayyy Bono! Everyone get down on his dick!! As nice as this is, I am not impressed. Dont forget that this is less than 1% of the money that they made on their last tour alone. And that was a two year tour, this donation is spread out over four years.
    KyleLee
    Love how Bono bitches to everyone to donate to charities and help sick, starving children around the world, yet he only donates money to his own country. Wow, bro. Wow.