Music Capital Scheme

Music Capital Scheme
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 €3million has been awarded across three 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 (2 – 5.30pm excluding Wednesdays).


in award funding has benefitted musicians and performing groups


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


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 results of the most recent round of the Music Capital Scheme were announced on 29 June 2023. A total of €349,150 in funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media was granted to 76 awardees which will potentially benefit over 5,000 musicians based throughout Ireland. Read more about the award and the full list of awardees.

The Music Capital Scheme is now closed for applications. Details will be listed on this page when the next round of funding is confirmed. If you would like to stay up to date with funding awards and opportunities from Music Network sign up to our newsletter here.

Please see the Guidelines documents for the most recent round of the Music Capital Scheme below. New Guidelines documents will be in place for the next round of the Scheme.

Music Capital Scheme Award 1 (Non-professional performing groups)

Music Capital Scheme Award 2 (Individual established professional performing musicians)

Music Capital Scheme Award 3 (Individual emerging professional performing musicians)