- 19 Jul 17
Music Generation says that proceeds from the tour has allowed them enter a second stage of expansion.
The lucrative 30th anniversary tour for U2's Joshua Tree has made over €100 million so far but some of that money is going to a good cause with profits from the globe-trotting excursion ensuring that thousands of children and young people will gain access to musical tuition.
This is according to Music Generation, Ireland's national music education programme which works to provide access to high-quality, subsidized performance music education. They know say that they will be able to expand into nine new areas in the country within five years, thanks to ongoing support from U2 as well as the Ireland funds who together raised total of €6.3m for the programme's second phase.
The band have been working with the philanthropic group for a number of years now, with The Edge calling this "a really important moment for Music Generation" and went on to say that "Our ambition is for every child and young person in Ireland to have access to tuition and this next phase of expansion brings us ever closer." Bono and co. had previously raised money for the same group through the band’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in 2015.
Currently Music Generation creates access to high-quality, subsidised music tuition for more than 41,000 children and young people annually in 12 areas of Ireland . This 'first phase' of the programme was seed-funded through a €7m philanthropic donation by U2 and The Ireland Funds in 2009.