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 Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media 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.

Any questions regarding the Music Capital Scheme can be sent to Sarah Cunningham at or call +353 (0) 83 095 5956 (part-time).


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


in award funding has benefitted 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

The Music Capital Scheme is now closed for applications.

See below for our recent awardees.

Award 1 - Non-professional performing groups

Awarded organisation Awarded
Accora Orchestra €6,758
Artane School of Music €16,133
Buíon Cheoil Rann na Feirste €6,135
Bunscoil Loreto €12,052
Carlow Choral Society €701
Carlow Voices €2,528
Castlecomer Community School (CCS) €1,732
CCÉ Craobh Osraí - Marble City Branch €2,569
Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair, Scoil na Crannóige €13,110
Dublin Concert Band €3,303
Foróige Kilkenny €1,080
Foxford Brass & Reed Band €3,394
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras CLG €7,500
Laois School of Music €12,060
Maracatu ilha Brilhante €2,027
Masamba Samba School Social Economy Programme CLG €3,160
Mayo Academy for Performing Arts, t/a Music West €3,354
Na Píobairí Uilleann €13,650
New Ross and District Pipe Band €3,975
Orpheus Choir Sligo €663
Portlaoise Men's Shed €1,215
Scoraíocht Lann Léire €3,701
Sligo Academy of Music €13,286
Sligo Gospel Choir €1,421
St. Mary's Brass and Reed Band, Kingscourt €598
St. Patrick's Brass and Reed Band €3,492
The Stedfast Band €18,652
Tralee Pipes & Drums (St John's PB) €6,907

Award 2 - Individual established professional performing musicians

Awarded musician Instrument Award
Lina Andonovska Contrabass flute €9,000
Leonie Bluett Bass clarinet €5,249
Tara Breen Fiddle €4,495
Cormac De Barra Irish harp €2,740
Caitríona Frost Marimba €4,545
Frankie Gavin Violin bow €3,690
Mark Keane Harpsichord €10,162
Stephen McGrath Bass guitar €230
Ray McLoughlin Nord grand piano €1,683
Beth McNinch Viola d’amore €5,492
Hannah Miller Natural horn €9,892
Aoife Nic Athlaoich 5-stringed piccolo cello €8,746
Caitlín Nic Gabhann Concertina €3,590
Cormac O’Brien Double bass €9,000
Larissa O’Grady Violin €10,000
Luan Parle Acoustic guitar €1,929
Peter Regan Grand piano €8,747
Eamon Sweeney Theorbo €1,750

Award 3 - Individual emerging professional performing musicians

Awarded musician Instrument Award
Christopher Cole Electro-acoustic guitar €878
Sharon Howley Cello €5,986
Tadhg McDonnell Leahy Electric guitar €3,840
Brian McNamara Synthesiser €1,249
Rosie Murphy Concert harp €13,361
Kevin O’Loughlin Viola & bow €6,500
Meadhbh O’Rourke Piccolo €4,000
Niamh Regan Electric guitar €2,894
Aisling Urwin Harp case €1,292

Music Capital Scheme Award 2

Music Capital Scheme Award 3

This project is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.