Music Capital Scheme

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

Financial support is offered in two distinct streams:

STREAM 1: Instrument Banks

Support for the purchase of instruments for non-professional groups/ensembles such as brass and silver bands, concert bands, symphonic wind ensembles, pipe bands, céilí bands, youth/amateur orchestras and ensembles, fife and drum (and other marching) bands, big bands, choirs, community music groups, percussion and samba bands, pop/rock music collectives, traditional music groups/organisations, musical societies, venues, local authorities, resource/community/youth organisations.

STREAM 2: Individual Instruments 
Support for the purchase of quality musical instruments for highly skilled individual performers playing at a professional level.

Read the Music Capital Scheme Guidelines 2016 document here.

Click here to view details of past Music Capital Scheme awards.

How to Apply


1. Read the Music Capital Scheme 2016 Guidelines and decide which stream you are eligible to apply to.

2. We strongly recommend that you download the relevant preparatory Word document - they can be downloaded at the following links - Stream 1 Preparatory Document / Stream 2 Preparatory Document. These documents include blue text which indicates the format each answer takes e.g. check boxes / drop down lists / text boxes, along with the maximum word counts as applicable.   

3. Complete a draft version of your application form answers and save it. Please note this document is not the application form and will not be accepted as such.

4. Upload all essential and optional support materials to a Dropbox folder (, a link to this folder must be provided in Section 4 of the application form. All support materials must be submitted via Dropbox, it is not possible to submit any part of the application in hard copy.

5. Once you are satisfied that you have all of the information required to submit an application, complete the online application form and click SUBMIT (Your application will not have been sent unless you have clicked SUBMIT). Note: You will receive a confirmation email to acknowledge receipt of your submission. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please inform Music Network.

Notes: There is no facility to save the online application. The operation will time out if not completed within a reasonable timeframe. No edits or additions to the online form will be possible once an application has been submitted, so we advise that you complete a draft version of the form offline, on your computer, before filling in the online form.

CLOSING DATE: 12pm, Thursday 26th January 2017

Please note late applications and/or support materials cannot be accepted. Please retain a copy of your submission for future reference

Music Capital Scheme Information Clinics

Music Capital Scheme 2016 Information Clinics will be held during the week of 9th January 2017 as follows:

  • Monday 9th January 2017, Culture House, 2 Pery Square, Limerick, 11am- 1pm
  • Tuesday 10th January 2017, Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway, 11.30am- 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 11th January 2017, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, 11am- 1pm
  • Thursday 12th January 2017, The Model, The Mall, Sligo, 12pm- 2pm
  • Friday 13th January 2017, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork, 11.30am- 1.30pm

The clinics are free to attend, for details on how to book a place, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at Tel 01 475 0224/

Read the FAQs from the 2015 Music Capital Scheme Advice Clinics here

Arts Council Music Recording Scheme

The Arts Council Music Recording Scheme is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Music Network. The scheme provides support for performers and composers working primarily in non-commercial genres through awarding funding for music recording. The aim of this scheme is to ensure that the work of Irish composers and performers is available other than in live performance, and to ensure that important or neglected materials of Irish music are preserved and disseminated to the highest professional standard.The Arts Council Music Recording Scheme is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres that are of Irish nationality or resident in Ireland.

The Music Recording Scheme is currently suspended.

Click here to view details of past awards

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