Find Your Local Music Generation

All set for summer! Music Generation summer camps, programmes and events 2016

Website image Blog Summer Camps 2016 560x370 30062016
At Music Generation Carlow, young musicians between the ages of 13 and 18 years will take part in a Band Development Project throughout the first two weeks of August. Led by Wall2Wall music and funded under the Music Generation / Arts Council Partnership, this opportunity will give aspiring musicians a fantastic chance to explore song-writing, improvisation, recording and production of their own music. Stay tuned to see and hear more about the progress made by the bands taking part.

In partnership with Ennis Street Festival, Music Generation Clare presents a unique workshop opportunity on Saturday 9 July, when young musicians will have an opportunity to learn and play alongside The Wild Atlantic Ensemble. Limited places are still available – find out more online.

The Music Generation Cork City Summer Programme is exploding with activities for children and young people ages 6 to 18 years. Presented in partnership with local community music organisations throughout July, this feast of youth music-making will include programmes in rap & beats, brass band, trad, pop, choral, as well as the annual Youth United in Music (YUM) Festival. Check out the full programme online.

Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School takes place over three jam-packed days, from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 July, offering workshops with expert musicians in fiddle, harp, uilleann pipes, bodhrán, concertina, flute and accordion for ages 8+. Each evening a special performance will be held at Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, culminating in a tutor and student concert on Sunday 17 July. To book your place email

Music Generation Limerick City’s Summer Programme for teenagers features a programme of unprecedented scale, including music camps in seven different areas of the city, song-writing sessions, band mentoring opportunities, outdoor gigs and more! Dates and details can be found online.

In Louth, Corda Connections, a creative music camp for young string players, will take place from Monday 4 – Friday 8 July at Dundalk IT. Funded under the Music Generation / Arts Council Partnership, this is a fantastic opportunity for participants to learn to arrange and compose their own music with musicians from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Music Generation Louth and renowned Composer Elaine Agnew.

Music Generation Mayo Early Years Summer Camps have already gotten off to a great start with lots of little creative people brimming with musical ideas! The next Camp takes place in Ballina from Monday 4 – Thursday 7 July. You can book your place online by filling out the registration form. And for slightly older young musicians, Mayo Summer Jam Bands will run four-day camps throughout July in Westport, Ballina, Ballinrobe, Castlebar and Claremorris. Find out more and register to take part online.

Music Generation Sligo’s Musical Horizons summer school features a packed programme of creativity delivered by a team of exceptional musicians and tutors. Throughout the week (Monday 4 – Friday 8 July) young musicians will build on their technique and musicianship in masterclasses, discover the secrets of song-writing and composition, experience ensemble performance and band settings, and join a celebratory end-of-camp show for family and friends. Find out more online.

Throughout July and August Music Generation Wicklow hosts a series of workshops, camps and programmes across an array of genres and musical styles. Young Musicians in Bray and Blessington have been treated to Rock and Traditional Irish Music Camps, with Summer Samba sessions set to take place from Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 July. A free Jazz Workshop for teenagers with musician Michael Nielsen will be held at Mermaid Arts Centre on Tuesday 5 July. To register your place, email

This is just a flavour of the fantastic, ongoing work in Music Generation partnerships across Ireland this year. We hope you’ll join us in playing in the summer as we look forward to two months of magical music-making!