Music Capital Scheme

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

In 2015, financial support will be offered in two distinct streams that will run concurrently:

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.

How to Apply


The process for making an application is as follows:

  1. Read the Music Capital Scheme Guidelines.
  2. Decide which stream you are eligible to apply to.
  3. We strongly recommend that you download the application form questions and save to your computer.
  4. 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.
  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).

    Notes: There is no facility to save the online application. The operation will timeout 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.
  6. Post all support material to:
    Programmes Administrator,
    Music Network,
    National Concert Hall Building,
    Earlsfort Terrace,
    Dublin 2.

    Note: Support material must be received by Music Network no later than 12pm on 15th October 2015. Please ensure your support material is posted in advance of the closing date, allowing sufficient time for it to arrive at, or before, 12pm on October 15th. Support material that arrives after the closing date will not be accepted, and the application will be deemed ineligible.

Music Capital Scheme Application Form

Please read the Music Capital Scheme Guidelines 2015 document before making an application. To open these files, you will need Adobe Reader software. If you do not have Adobe Reader already installed on your computer, you can download the installer and instructions free from the Adobe Website here.

Please indicate that you have read the Music Capital Scheme Guidelines.

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

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

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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