Thursday, 4 October 2012


The Cork Academy of Music is combining with SIPTU and other Community Employment (CE) projects in the city to present a free musical “Concert for Communities” this evening Thursday 4th October at 8pm at the Triskel Arts Centre. Renowned musician and Lyric FM presenter Evelyn Grant has been confirmed as the MC for the night. The purpose of the event is to showcase the value of Community Employment Projects in the city and the talent of current course participants.

The Academy was established by Bob Seward as a voluntary initiative in 1994 in recognition of the need for a musical institute on the North side of city. This initiative was set up to give marginalised adults and young people the opportunity to learn music using this as a way to encourage them to access further education and to improve their skills for employment opportunities.

Over 700 people have now graduated from this innovative CE scheme and most have gone to enjoy paid employment and a career in the music industry. Dozens of students have gone on to complete Degrees, Masters and even Ph. D’s thanks to the work of the dedicated tutors and staff of the Academy.

This year the academy has initiated a full time music course for fifteen young people at risk with support of the RAPID programme (Revitalising Areas through Planning, Investment and Development)

At a time when funding for Community Employment schemes is under unprecedented pressure from government cutbacks the participants are determined to play their part in promoting the real value of quality training provided by Community Employment.

SIPTU Organiser Trevor Quinn confirmed “Workers from the academy will be joined  by participants from the Togher CE music project and the Cantabile Vocal Ensemble Choir, and will be supported by CE workers from the Triskel Arts Centre in a unique collaboration to promote the value of high quality Community Employment Training Projects in Cork City. All local councillors and TD’s from the city and county will be invited and urged to ensure their continued support for CE schemes in the city.” For more information on the concert contact Trevor Quinn on 0872906803.

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