€189,000 awarded through Music Capital Scheme

26 April 2017

Music Network today announced the results of the Music Capital Scheme 2016. A total of €189,000 in funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs has been awarded to 22 performing groups and 15 individual musicians. 

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and managed by Music Network, comprises two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to professional musicians.

Commenting on the initiative, Heather Humphreys TD, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, said:

“I am delighted to once again support the annual Music Capital Scheme, which provides very important support to professional and amateur musicians. Our rich music tradition is alive and well, as evidenced by the range of groups and individuals receiving support under the Scheme this year, from Pipe Bands to Samba Music. The Government’s Creative Ireland programme, which aims to put culture and creativity at the heart of communities nationwide, contains a specific commitment to ensure every child has access to tuition in music, drama, dance or coding, and we intend to work closely with Music Network to deliver this extremely worthwhile initiative.”

In 2016, there were two categories of support under the Music Capital Scheme aimed at professional performing artists and non-professional performing groups/ensembles.  According to Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston,

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in funding the Music Capital Scheme. Access to musical instruments is intrinsically linked to the issue of access to live music in general, which Music Network has been working to develop equitably throughout Ireland for over 30 years, and we are pleased that 264 awards have been made under this scheme to date, enabling musicians across the country to develop and fulfil their creative potential.”

A series of five free information clinics were hosted in Limerick, Galway, Dublin, Sligo and Cork in January to offer practical advice to applicants and address specific queries relating to the scheme’s guidelines.

Funding was awarded across the not-for-profit and community music sector through Stream 1, providing a range of community and music groups with financial support.  22 of 49 eligible applicants were awarded a total of €125,000 for the purchase of musical instruments across a wide range of groups including Irish Traditional, Choral/Musical Theatre, Samba bands, Marching/Concert bands, Pop/Rock and Multi- genre. Read more

In Stream 2, funds of €64,000 were awarded to 15 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments across genres including Classical/Contemporary Classical, Traditional/Bluegrass, Jazz/Improvised, Electronic / Electro Acoustic and World music. The awardees were chosen from 57 eligible applicants. Read more

Music Network is funded by The Arts Council. Further information on the Music Capital Scheme here or contact Sarah Cunningham, Programmes Administrator, Music Network, programmesadmin@musicnetwork.ie, tel. 01 4750224.