25 January 2018

On Tuesday 7th January Music Network welcomed the announcement by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming funding of €245,500 for the Music Capital Scheme 2017.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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 individual professional performing musicians.

The Music Capital Scheme is now open for applications with a deadline of 12 pm (noon) on Tuesday 20th February 2018. Further information is available at www.musicnetwork.ie/musicians/funding.

Music Network is partnering with Local Authority Arts Offices to offer Music Capital Scheme information sessions between Wednesday 31st January and Friday 9th February. Local Arts Offices should be contacted directly to reserve a place. 

  • 11am, Wednesday 31st January 2018 at Drumshanbo Library, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim / Contact Leitrim Arts Office: pdelamere@leitrimcoco.ie
  • 5pm, Thursday 1st February 2018 at Tralee Library, Moyderwell, Tralee, Co. Kerry / Contact Kerry Arts Office: arts@kerrycoco.ie
  • 11am, Friday 2nd February 2018 at Culture House, Pery Square, Limerick, Co. Limerick / Contact Limerick Culture and Arts Office: artsoffice@limerick.ie
  • 7pm, Tuesday 6th  February 2018 at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary / Contact Tipperary Arts Office: melanie.scott@tipperarycoco.ie
  • 3pm, Thursday 8th February 2018 at the Market House, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan / Contact Monaghan Arts Office: artsoffice@monaghancoco.ie
  • 7pm, Friday 9th February 2018 at Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Co. Laois / Contact Laois Arts Office: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie

The Music Capital Scheme was established by The Arts Council, The IRMA Trust and Music Network in 2008 as an action-research initiative designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments. In response to the success of the initial pilot scheme, funding has been made available since 2011 by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Music Capital Scheme has funded 301 musicians, groups and organisations, benefitting up to 31,000 people throughout Ireland since its inception in 2008. For further details, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at Tel 01 475 0224 / programmesadmin@musicnetwork.ie.

Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland, regardless of their location or circumstance, while supporting the career development of musicians. www.musicnetwork.ie


For further information and photographs, please contact: Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 4750224 / communications@musicnetwork.ie