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Nimbus School of Recording & Media Scholarship is Announced

Pictured L-R: GGGarth Richardson (co-founder, Nimbus School of Recording & Media); Ross Fahy; Bob Ezrin (co-founder, Nimbus School of Recording & Media). Image: Nimbus School of Recording & Media

20 January, 2016 – Music Generation is pleased to announce its partnership with Nimbus School of Recording & Media (Vancouver, BC) to provide a full 12 month scholarship in audio engineering and music production to one exceptional Irish student.

Thanks to the partnership with Nimbus, the winner of the Music Generation Audio Engineering and Music Production Scholarship also has all accommodation, living costs and return flights covered for one full year.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to an aspiring young Irish music producer and engineer,” said Rosaleen Malloy, National Director of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Out of 75 applications and a rigorous screening process including two interviews, twenty-year-old Ross Fahy of Galway was selected as the winner of the Music Generation Audio Engineering and Music Production Scholarship. Ross is currently enrolled in the Nimbus Advanced Music Production programme.

The partnership between Music Generation and Nimbus is a natural one as U2 and Nimbus co-founder Bob Ezrin have been friends for many years. Ezrin and The Edge co-founded ‘Music Rising’ to rescue the musical culture of the Central Gulf region of the United States by replacing the musical instruments lost in the destruction caused by the catastrophic hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

“This is an incredible opportunity for a young Irish producer or audio engineer to live in Vancouver and study at Nimbus, one of the world’s leading music production schools. Partnering with such a globally recognised music institution is very exciting for Music Generation, and a well-deserved step towards a future career in music for Ross.” – The Edge

“Everyone at Nimbus is thrilled to have Ross join us here at the school,” said Bob Ezrin. “I am pleased that we have joined with Music Generation to provide this unique experience to an aspiring young music entrepreneur.”

Ross arrived in Vancouver in late August 2015 and is currently in his fifth month of a 12 month diploma at Nimbus:

“Nimbus is a step above. It’s real world training,” said Fahy. “The class sizes are much smaller and it’s very hands on. Everything I’m learning here is gold, and all the students are on a similar vibe, which is really cool. There are no egos. Everyone is here for the same reason and there’s a shared common bond.”

For further information about this and other Music Generation initiatives, contact:

Aoife Lucey, Communications Manager
Music Generation, National Concert Hall Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

About Music Generation

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality, subsidised performance music education. Established in 2010 by Music Network, Music Generation was made possible by a €7m philanthropic donation – €5m from U2 and €2m from The Ireland Funds – the largest ever single philanthropic donation to music education in Ireland in the history of the State. The philanthropic donation was gifted to progress the implementation of Music Network’s Feasibility Study for a National System of Local Music Education Services.

Annually the programme now reaches some 26,000 children and young people in 12 areas of the country (Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Laois, Louth, Limerick City, Mayo, Offaly/Westmeath, Sligo, South Dublin and Wicklow), creating over 330 employment opportunities, mainly for musicians.

Music Generation works closely with Government through the Department of Education (DES) and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (MEPs) in each of the 12 areas. The original €7m donation has seed-funded development in each of these areas. From 2016 these programmes will continue to be sustained through ongoing 50/50 funding from the DES and MEPs, ensuring a long term and lasting outcome from U2 and The Ireland Funds’ philanthropic giving.

In November 2016 Music Generation was gifted a further €3m – €2m from U2 and €1m from The Ireland Funds – to expand the programme into further areas of the country.

Music Generation believes in every child and young person’s musical potential and innate artistry. It believes that it is every child and young person’s right to have the choice of access and the chance to participate as a musical citizen and that music doesn’t just change lives, it transforms lives.

Music Generation focuses on performance music education – that is vocal and instrumental tuition – encompassing all music genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles, delivered by skilled professional musicians interacting in an inspirational way with children and young people.

About Nimbus School of Recording & Media

Nimbus School of Recording & Media was co-founded by some of the world’s top music producers: Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper) and GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro). With all courses taught by current industry leaders, Nimbus equips the next generation of creative professionals with both the technical and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the ever-changing music and media industries.