Music Capital Scheme

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The Music Capital Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional performing musicians and non-professional performing groups.

Established in 2008, the Music Capital Scheme is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network. The scheme is open to groups and musicians performing a wide range of musical styles, and to date more than €2 million has been awarded across two distinct awards. The instruments purchased through the scheme continue to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music making and live music performance throughout Ireland.


Performing groups have been able to purchase instruments and expand their memberships


Has been awarded to musicians and performing groups


Professional musicians reached their full potential with funding to purchase new instruments


Beneficiaries from early-years to mature players, including musicians with physical and intellectual disabilities, have received vital support through the scheme

Music Capital Scheme 2020

Applications for the Music Capital Scheme 2020 are now closed. All applicants will be informed of panel decisions by email in December 2020. Any questions regarding the Music Capital Scheme can be sent to Sarah Cunningham at or call +353 (0) 83 095 5956 (Tuesday Thursday afternoons).