€306,096 awarded to performing groups and musicians through Music Capital Scheme

Music Network today announced the results of the current round of the Music Capital Scheme. A total of €306,096 in funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has been awarded to 28 performing groups, 18 established musicians and 9 emerging musicians from across Ireland.

Established in 2008, the Music Capital Scheme is managed by Music Network and provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments in three discrete categories. The 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 wish to express my sincere thanks to Music Network for managing this scheme. The current round of the Music Capital Scheme will again benefit so many deserving organisations and individuals, just as it has since it was initially launched over a decade ago. I see this capital scheme as one of our key funding initiatives. It is great to see that my Department is once again in a position to financially support the scheme.

The Music Capital Scheme supports the purchase of musical instruments and is designed to respond to a broad range of capital needs within the music sector in Ireland. As a former music teacher, I know how important good quality musical instruments are to numerous bands and groups that engage with their local communities nationwide”

Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: “The Music Capital Scheme was established in 2008 and 468 awards have been made to date. In the current round, under Award 1 organisations working with older musicians and musicians with disabilities were prioritised. We’ve also introduced a brand-new award, for emerging musicians.

Our 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 Music Capital Scheme continues to make a significant impact on access to, and the quality of, 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 source of support for both musicians and music organisations.”

In Award 1, funding was awarded across the non-professional music sector, providing a range of community and music groups with financial support. €34,500 was ringfenced to support applications from prioritised counties Donegal, Kilkenny and Sligo.

28 concert/marching/pipe bands, orchestras, samba and other music organisations were awarded a total of €165,156 for the purchase of musical instruments across a wide range of genres including Irish Traditional, Choral, Classical, Rock, Early Music/Baroque, Popular, and Contemporary music.

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

In Award 2, funds of €100,940 were awarded to 18 individual established musicians performing at a professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments and equipment across genres including Classical, Rock, Early Music/Baroque, Irish Traditional and Jazz/Improvised music.

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

In Award 3, funds of €40,000 were awarded to nine individual emerging professional performing musicians to assist in the purchase of instruments and equipment across genres including Classical, Electronic, Folk, Irish Traditional and Jazz/Improvised music.

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 Unwin Harp case €1,292

Music Network is funded by The Arts Council. For further information on the Music Capital Scheme, please contact Sarah Cunningham, Music Capital Scheme Administrator, Music Network, capitalscheme@musicnetwork.ie, tel. 083 095 5956