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.

Details regarding the next round of applications for the scheme will be listed on this page once they are confirmed. 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


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

A total of €248,200 in funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media was awarded to 29 performing groups and 21 individual musicians across Ireland.