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Music Capital Scheme 2017 - Award 1

Non-Professional Performing Groups

Music Capital Scheme 2017 - Award 1 is intended to support the purchase, maintenance and/or repair of instruments by organisations involved in the non-professional performance of music. It is open directly to non-professional performing groups / ensembles in any genre. It is also open to community, youth and resource organisations and local authorities who oversee music performance in the non-professional sector. Note: applications must relate to instruments that will be used by non-professional performers only, and instruments must be used for rehearsal / tuition and performance. 

The total funding available for Music Capital Scheme 2017 - Award 1 is €160,000

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12pm (noon), Tuesday 20th February 2018.

Application Resources

Music Capital Scheme 2017 – Award 1 Guidelines

Music Capital Scheme 2017-   Award 1 Preparatory Word Document

Music Capital Scheme 2017 – Award 1 Online Application Form

Further Information (External Links)

For further information on obtaining a Registered Charity Number for your organisation, see the Charities Regulatory Authority website

For further information on RAPID areas, see the Pobal website

For further information on Child Safeguarding Statements, see the TUSLA website

For further information on Vulnerable Adults Protection Policies, see the National Safeguarding Committee website

For further information on Public Procurement Procedures, see the Public Procurement Guidelines for Goods and Services

1. Download the Music Capital Scheme 2017 - Award 1 Preparatory Word Document and save to your computer. Applicants are strongly recommended to complete a draft version of their application form answers using this document. It will then be possible to copy and paste the majority of answers onto the online application form.

2. Complete a draft of your application form answers using the Preparatory Word Document- Award 1 and save it to your computer. Please note this document is not the application form and will not be accepted as such.

3. Upload all Essential and Optional Support Materials to a Dropbox folder, a link to this folder must be provided in Section 4 of the online application form. All Essential and Optional Support Materials must be submitted via Dropbox, it is not possible to submit any part of the application in hardcopy or by email.

To create a Dropbox folder, visit and click create an account (this is free and has a 2.5GB limit). Create a folder for your Music Capital Scheme support materials, you can then upload files from your computer to the Dropbox folder.

4. Once you are satisfied that you have prepared all of the information required to submit an application, complete the online application form (including listing the link to your Dropbox folder in Section 4) and click SUBMIT.
Your application will not have been sent unless you have clicked SUBMIT. Note: There is no facility to save the online application. The operation will time out if not completed within a reasonable timeframe- this varies depending on your internet speed. No edits or additions to the online form or Dropbox folder will be possible once an application has been submitted, so applicants are advised to complete a draft version of the form offline using the Preparatory Word Document – Award 1 and upload all support materials to your Dropbox folder before filling in the online form.

5. You will receive a confirmation email straight away to acknowledge receipt of your submission. Note: confirmation emails are automated, so they may appear in your spam folders. Please check these folders if you have not received a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Music Network in advance of the deadline to confirm your application has been received.

CLOSING DATE: 12pm (noon) Tuesday 20th February 2018

Please note late application forms and/or support materials cannot be accepted. Please retain a copy of your submission for future reference.
Please note that lobbying will lead to disqualification of applications.

  • History of organisation (max 1,000 words)
    A document detailing the development of the organisation since its establishment. In the case of primary/post-primary schools, this may focus specifically on the development of the music programme.
  • Biographies of artistic personnel (max 1,000 words)
    A Curriculum Vitae or other information detailing the musical career of the main personnel involved in tuition within the organisation. Key artistic personnel may include, but is not limited to, artistic director, musical director and/or assistant director, tutors/visiting composers/musicians providing tuition etc.
  • Mandatory number of quotations for each proposed instrument for purchase
    All applications to the Music Capital Scheme 2017 – Award 1 must comply with Public Procurement Guidelines. Applicants must include quotations for each proposed instrument for purchase as follows:
    • Where the overall cost of the proposed instruments for purchase is less than €5,000, two quotations for each instrument from separate instrument dealers / makers must be submitted.
    • Where the overall cost of the proposed instruments for purchase is between €5,000 and €25,000, three quotations from separate instrument dealers / makers must be submitted.
    The maximum amount awarded will be €18,750 i.e. the overall instrument cost must not exceed €25,000. Quotations should be copies of letters or emails from instrument dealers /makers. For mass produced instruments or equipment, screenshots from websites are acceptable. In the case of bespoke instruments, the additional quotation(s) should be for the nearest comparable instrument(s). If quotations are in a currency other than Euro, please include the relevant conversion(s); the figures listed on your application form must be in Euro. Note: Submitting links to websites is not acceptable. These quotations are essential for comparison purposes so that ‘value for money’ can be demonstrated and given careful consideration in relation to all applications.
  • Audio / video recordings
    Applicants may save up to three audio files (mp3 format only) in their Dropbox folder along with a Word document listing the recording details (date, location of recording, start / stop times of relevant section to listen to). Applicants may alternatively save up to three links to audio or video samples on the Word document in their Dropbox folder, along with the recording details. Note- links should be publicly accessible / a password for a private link should be listed if necessary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that recordings are accessible by assessors. Note: the assessors’ only opportunity to experience your performing ability is through your audio / video recordings, so please ensure that the recordings you submit offer the best representation of your playing.
  • List of members of board/committee
    A list of your organisation’s board or committee, indicating positions held (e.g. Chairperson, Secretary, PRO etc.)
  • Copy of Constitution and documentation from the Charities Regulatory Authority (if you do not provide a Registered Charity Number (RCN) on the online application form)
    If you do not provide a Registered Charity Number at question 2.4 on the online application form, you must submit the organisation’s constitution* and written confirmation from the Charities Regulatory Authority that your organisation has started the process of registering for a Registered Charity Number (RCN).
       * in some cases this may also be the constitution of the parent organisation.
  • Copy of Child Safeguarding Statement/Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy of organisation (as applicable)
    Organisations delivering programmes for children and young people under the age of 18 and/or vulnerable adults are required to have adequate child / vulnerable adult protection and welfare policies and procedures in place. This documentation must specifically relate to the work of your group or organisation, and procedures must have been fully implemented. In the case of a larger organisation, the policy must relate specifically to your branch rather than the parent organisation e.g. including information on your branch procedures, Designated Liaison Person. It is the responsibility of your organisation to ensure that your Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in compliance with Children First: Guidance on Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement; see for further information.
    It is the responsibility of your organisation to ensure that an appropriate Vulnerable Adults Policy is in place; see for further information.
  • List of instrument currently owned by organisation (as applicable)
    If your organisation currently owns instruments, a list of the instruments must be submitted, including number and type of instruments, the state of repair and approximate life span. 

Note: If you have not included all of the above, your application is not eligible for consideration under the Music Capital Scheme 2017

  • Publicity material, press cuttings
  • Reviews, adjudication sheets from competitions
  • Confirmation of partnership funding (if already secured)

The application form and support material must be received by Music Network no later than 12pm (noon) Tuesday 20th February 2018. Please allow sufficient time to complete the application form and upload your support materials. Support material and application forms that are submitted after 12pm (noon) Tuesday 20th February 2018 will not be accepted, and the application will be deemed ineligible.

If you have any further questions beyond the areas covered in the Music Capital Scheme 2017 – Award 1 Guidelines, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator by phone (01) 475 0224 or email