€245,440 awarded through Music Capital Scheme

16 July 2019



€245,440 awarded through Music Capital Scheme


Music Network today announced the results of the Music Capital Scheme 2019. A total of €245,440 in funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has been awarded to 34 performing groups and 19 individual musicians across Ireland.

Established in 2008, the Music Capital Scheme is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network. The Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments across two discrete categories of support, to both non-professional performing groups and individual professional performing musicians. 

The Music Capital Scheme has enabled many hundreds of musicians across Ireland to develop their musical potential and participate in the performance of live music.
Commenting on the initiative, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said:

“The 2019 round of the Music Capital Scheme will again benefit so many deserving organisations and individuals, just as it has since it was initially launched just over a decade ago. I am delighted that my Department was once again in a position to financially support the scheme. I see it as one of our key funding initiatives year on year.

Lack of a decent instrument should not be an impediment to the development of a clearly gifted individual or indeed the development of numerous bands and groups who repay our faith tenfold through their engagement with their local communities.

The social and health benefits of learning to play a musical instrument have long since been established and I am thrilled that my Department plays a part in this.

Continued success to all of the grantees for many years to come".

According to Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston,

“The Music Capital Scheme is now in its 12th year and 364 awards have been made to date.

The instruments provided through the scheme continue to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music making and live music performance throughout Ireland. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in funding this valuable Scheme."


Funding was awarded across the non-professional music sector through Award 1, providing a range of community and music groups with financial support.  34 organisations were awarded a total of €163,400 for the purchase of musical instruments across a wide range of groups including Marching/Concert/Pipe Bands, Multi-genre, Irish Traditional, Popular, Contemporary, Choral and Samba.

Organisation | Awarded 

  • Artane School of Music €11,420
  • Sing Out with Strings €1,610
  • Buíon Phíobairí Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh €2,889
  • Julianstown Youth Orchestra €2,394
  • Bunscoil Mhuire €1,431
  • Le Cheile Secondary School Orchestra €4,119
  • City of Waterford Brass €14,033
  • Macnas €9,053
  • Clondalkin Youth Band €5,047
  • Marist College €749
  • Coláiste Eoin €3,612
  • Masamba Samba School €1,277
  • Comhaltas Athy €801
  • Music In Community €2,571
  • Community Centre for Music and the Arts €7,085
  • Na Píobairí Uilleann €4,499
  • Cullen Pipe Band €3,712
  • Ossory Youth €1,298
  • Discovery Gospel Choir €1,340
  • Portarlington Concert Band €7,500
  • Ennis Brass Band €18,733
  • Presto Project €4,281
  • Foróige €2,808
  • St Finian's National School Strings Project €3,956
  • Gardiner Street Gospel Choir €2,547
  • St Finnachta's National School €3,720
  • Gardiner Street Primary School €5,256
  • St Joseph's Pipe Band €14,024
  • Girls Rock Dublin € 2,218
  • St Patrick's Brass and Reed Band €2,736
  • Headford Music Works €4,692
  • The Diarmuid O'Cathain Cultural Centre €7,755
  • Irish Association of Youth Orchestras €2,017
  • YMCA €2,217


In Award 2, funds of €82,040 were awarded to 19 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments across genres including Irish Traditional, Classical, Jazz/Improvised, Electro-acoustic, Blues, Americana and Early Music/Baroque.

Awardee | Instrument | Amount Awarded

  • Alex Borwick Moog Synthesiser €699
  • Chien Buggle Classical Guitar €2,350
  • Aoife Burke Cello €9,000
  • John Carty Violin €5,500
  • David Collins Rotary Bb Trumpet €2,725
  • Fiachra de hOra Viola €4,750
  • Síle Denvir Wire strung Harp €2,500
  • Rachel Factor Virginal €4,187
  • Miriam Kaczor Baroque Flute €1,975
  • Beth McNinch Viola bow €3,100
  • Aoife Ní Bhriain Violin €6,250
  • Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín Harp €4,171
  • Peggy Nolan Cello €5,942
  • Ultan O’Brien Violin €5,500
  • Meadhbh O’Rourke Flute €5,896
  • Callum Owens Cello €9,000
  • Tom Portman Lap Steel Guitar €749
  • Padraig Rynne Concertina €3,797
  • John Walsh Flamenco Guitar €3,950

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. 01 4750224.




For media queries, please contact: Muireann Sheahan, Communications Manager, Music Network, communications@musicnetwork.ie, Tel. 01 4750224


Editor’s Note:

2019 Award 1
Available Award Fund: €163,400
Scoring Panellists:
Deirdre Moynihan, Programmes Manager, Music Network; Seamus Crimmins, Arts Council Nominee; Mark Armstrong, Independent Panellist; Evelyn Grant, Independent Panellist; Tom Morrow, Independent Panellist. 

2019 Award 2 
Available Award Fund: €82,040
Scoring Panellists: 
Deirdre Moynihan, Programmes Manager, Music Network; Seamus Crimmins, Arts Council Nominee; Carl Corcoran, Independent Panellist; Niamh Ní Charra, Independent Panellist; Phil Ware, Independent Panellist.