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.


Closing date for applications was Thursday 15 October 2015 at 12pm (noon).

In 2015, financial support was 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 2015 document here.

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

Music Capital Scheme Information Clinics

Music Capital Scheme advice clinics were held in Limerick (Culture House), Dublin (National Concert Hall Building), Cork (CIT Cork School of Music), Galway (An Taibhdhearc) and Kilkenny (Kilkenny Castle) between 22nd and 30th September 2015. More details here

Read the FAQs from the 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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