U2 Donates $7.2 Million To Young Musicians In Ireland: How You Can Help Save The Arts

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Oh, U2. If we had to choose to live with or without you, you betcha the answer is WITH! Lead singer Bono is already well known for his philanthropical superpowers in Africa, including the Product (RED) campaign and the ethically sourced clothing line EDUN, which also supports developing economies. Now he and his band, U2, are bringing their support back home to Ireland.

If anyone knows anything about music, it would have to be the members of U2. As one of the most famous bands to ever grace the earth, they’re making it their mission to make sure music education lives on in Ireland.

Though the tiny island produces music giants like U2 and U.K. hitmakers Westlife, music classes are really quite rare in the public school system. The land of the leprechauns hasn’t been so lucky through all this economic turmoil, either, so you can kiss gaining additional government support good-bye. But wait! There’s U2–the band decided to pull out their wallets and donate 5 million Euros to an after-school program that will supply music education to 16,000 children!

We may not have Bono and his boys helping us out, but VH1′s Save the Music Foundation has got your back, raising awareness to the importance of music education in schools and raising money to provide musical instruments to classrooms around the country.

The Association for National Music Education (MENC) can also toot its own horn for being one of the world’s largest music education and advocacy organizations. They bring music teachers, students and supporters together to help keep music education alive.

Plug in to both organizations and help raise the volume by taking action below!

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