€248,200 awarded to performing groups and musicians through Music Capital Scheme

€248,200 awarded to performing groups and musicians through Music Capital Scheme
Music Network today announced the results of the Music Capital Scheme 2020. A total of €248,200 in funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has been awarded to 29 performing groups and 21 individual musicians across Ireland.

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 provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments in two discrete categories of support, to both non-professional performing groups and individual professional performing musicians.

The Music Capital Scheme has enabled many thousands of musicians across Ireland to develop their musical potential and participate in the performance of live music.

Commenting on the initiative, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD said:

"I am delighted to have provided support to The Music Capital Scheme this year. It is important to enable musicians develop their craft and by helping them to buy their instruments we are ensuring they continue to grow and develop their skills. This scheme supports a very wide range of musicians including youth bands, ensembles, orchestras, community initiatives and resource organisations in every corner of the State."

Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said:

"The Music Capital Scheme was established in 2008 and 413 awards have been made to date. Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music accessible to communities throughout Ireland, as well as to support musicians to excel in the performance and creation of music. The range of instruments provided through the scheme continues to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music making and live music performance across Ireland. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in funding this valuable Scheme."

In Award 1, funding was awarded across the non-professional music sector, providing a range of community and music groups with financial support. 29 concert/marching/pipe bands, orchestras, schools, festivals and other music organisations were awarded a total of €162,500 for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment across a wide range of genres including Irish Traditional, Classical, Rock, Early Music/Baroque, Popular, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.

Award 1

Awarded organisation Award amount
Achill International Harp Festival - Féile Chruite Acla €8,100
Admiral Brown Comhaltas Ceoltoírí Éireann (CCE) €1,713
Alternative Entertainments €3,857
Ballinasloe Comhaltas Ceoltoírí Branch €1,546
Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band €12,194
Carlow Youth Orchestra (CYO) €1,723
Ceoltoírí Lough Allen €2,218
Clontibret Pipe Band €4,374
Comhaltas Ceoltoírí Éireann Ballinamore Branch €5,362
Dublin Concert Band €7,789
Dundalk Youth Centre €2,924
Dynamics Violin Project (Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland) €3,361
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras CLG €7,055
Irish Chamber Orchestra - Sing Out With Strings €12,763
Limerick School of Music €17,051
Monaghan Youth Federation €6,042
Mullingar Town Band €4,258
Na Píobairí Uilleann €9,750
Oriel Traditional Orchestra €2,172
Rath National School €4,608
Redemptorist Centre of Music €9,297
Scoil Acla €3,847
St Agnes' Community Centre for Music and the Arts CLG €10,185
St Jarlath's College Amateur Operatic Society in assoc. with Scoil Bride, The Mercy Tuam €393
St Mary's Special School, Rochestown, Cork €735
St Mary's Holy Faith Secondary School, Glasnevin €5,452
That's Life, Brothers of Charity Services Galway €2,106
The Holy Family Confraternity Band €430
YoYo/EYE Youthwork Ireland Midlands €11,195

In Award 2, funds of €85,700 were awarded to 21 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of musical instruments and equipment across genres including Classical, Early Music/Baroque, Electro-acoustic, Irish Traditional and Jazz/Improvised.

Award 2

Awarded musician Instrument Amount awarded
Conor Arkins Violin €6,000
Aoife Burke Cello Bow €7,895
Éamonn de Barra Wooden Flute in E flat €1,555
Kate Ellis Cello Bow €730
Caimin Gilmore Double Bass Bow €2,500
Chris Guilfoyle Bass Guitar €994
Shane Hennessy Acoustic Guitar €2,600
Adrian Mantu Cello €12,000
Úna Ní Fhlannagáin Irish harp €3,750
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail Flute €1,860
Colm Ó Snodaigh Wooden C Flute €2,575
Thomas Portman Reverb unit €243
David Redmond Speaker cabinet €411
Mark Redmond Uilleann Pipes in C# €7,500
Nick Roth Tenor saxophone €4,125
Andrew Sheeran Violin €6,167
Eamon Sweeney Chitarra Battente €1,125
Alannah Thornburgh Irish Harp €3,890
Maria Walsh PA System €799
Killian White Cello €18,000
Mollie Wrafter Violin bow €981