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Music Capital Scheme 2017 - Award 2

Individual Professional Performing Musicians

Music Capital Scheme Award 2 is designed to provide support for highly-skilled performing musicians working at a professional level who seek support for the purchase of high quality instruments that are central to their performing career. This award is open to musicians working in any musical genre. It is targeted at those working regularly as a high-level performer in a solo capacity or as part of a small group / chamber ensemble.

The total funding available for Music Capital Scheme 2017 - Award 2 is €64,000.

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

Applicant Resources

Music Capital Scheme 2017 – Award 2 Guidelines (pdf)

Music Capital Scheme 2017-   Award 2 Preparatory Word Document

Music Capital Scheme 2017 – Award 2 Online Application Form

1. Download the Music Capital Scheme 2017 - Award 2 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 2 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 2 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.

  • Curriculum Vitae
    This should include details of training, performance history, and names of groups/ ensembles/ musicians with whom you have collaborated.
  • Two quotations for the proposed instrument for purchase
    Applications must include two quotations for the instrument from at least two separate instrument dealers. Quotations should be copies of letters or emails from instrument dealers. For mass produced instruments or equipment, screenshots from websites are acceptable. In the case of bespoke instruments, the second quotation should be for the nearest comparable instrument. 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 can be accessed 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.

If the applicant is participating in the Public Service in Education Dividend:

  • Letter from a local educational initiative
    The letter should confirm arrangements outlined on the online application form, for the applicant’s donation of time to facilitate two hours teaching/demonstration. Note- this must be separate to any paid teaching work which the applicant undertakes.

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

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 2 Guidelines, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator by phone (01) 475 0224 or email