Christmas Comes Early to Music Capital Scheme 2010 Awardees

08 December 2010

The Arts Council in association with Music Network today announced the results of the Music Capital Scheme 2010, an initiative designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments. Thanks to additional funding provided by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, a total of almost €300,000 has been awarded to twelve highly skilled individual musicians and twenty-two non-professional performing groups.  The scheme elicited eighty-six applications across two funding streams with the value of funding requests totalling in excess of €857,155.

In 2010, there were two categories of support under the Music Capital Scheme aimed at highly skilled performing artists and non-professional performing groups/ensembles.

Funding was awarded across the not-for-profit and community music sector through Stream 1, providing community groups and music schools with funding.  Twenty-two of the sixty applicants were awarded a total of €202,013 for the purchase of musical instruments in stream one. Amongst the awardees were the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras; St. Canice's National School Music Programme, Kilkenny; Cork Music Works; CoMa Limerick Ensemble; Finglas Youth Resource Centre Ltd., Dublin; Drogheda Brass Band, Louth; Cáirde Ceoil Harp Ensemble, Wexford; Cullen Pipe Band, Cork; Na Piobairi Uilleann; Clara Town Band, Offaly; Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee, Wicklow; Clare Music Makers Parent's Association, Wicklow County Arts Office; Mullingar Town Band, Westmeath; Danescastle Music Group, Wexford; Carlow Youth Orchestra; St. Maur's Pipe Band, Dublin; MaSamba Samba School, Dublin; St. Colmcille's Pipe Band, Offaly; Letterkenny & District Pipe Band, Donegal; Muintir Chrónáin Teo, Dublin and Fanad Accordion Band, Donegal.

In Stream 2, funds of €97,899 were awarded to twelve highly skilled musicians performing at professional level, to assist with the purchase of high-value instruments. They are Rachel Factor, Donal Siggins, Seán Mac Erlaine, Francesco Turrisi, Cian Ó Dúill, Damian Evans, Claire Duff, Mary Dullea, Catherine Leonard, Seán Carpio, Michael Coady and Nicholas Milne. The twelve awardees were chosen from twenty-six applicants.  

Stream 1

60 applications received with a total demand of €540,340. Awards made to 22 applicants as follows:

1.    Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, €4,500
2.    St. Canice’s National School Music Programme, €15,147
3.    Cork Music Works, €10,238
4.    CoMa Limerick Ensemble, €1,387
5.    Finglas Youth Resource Centre Ltd., €2,162
6.    Drogheda Brass Band, €3,786
7.    Cáirde Ceoil Harp Ensemble, €19,860
8.    Cullen Pipe Band, €32,606
9.    Na Piobairi Uilleann, €20,000
10.    Clara Town Band, €11,280
11.    Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee, €3,373
12.    Clare Music Makers Parent's Association, €1,819
13.    Wicklow County Arts Office, €9,222
14.    Mullingar Town Band, €5,885
15.    Danescastle Music Group, €5,496
16.    Carlow Youth Orchestra, €20,000
17.    St. Maur’s Pipe Band, €4,725
18.    MaSamba Samba School, €3,020
19.    St. Colmcille's Pipe Band, €5,157
20.    Letterkenny & District Pipe Band, €6,000
21.    Muintir Chrónáin Teo, €13,350
22.    Fanad Accordion Band, €3,000

Stream 2

Stream Two Awardees- Individual High-Value Instruments

26 applications with a demand total of €316,815. Awards made to 12 applicants as follows:

1.    Rachel Factor, €9,174
2.    Donal Siggins, €300
3.    Seán Mac Erlaine, €1,532
4.    Francesco Turrisi, €3,048
5.    Cian Ó Dúill, €2,300
6.    Damian Evans, €5,500
7.    Claire Duff, €14,000
8.    Mary Dullea, €15,000
9.    Catherine Leonard, €15,000
10.    Seán Carpio, €1,025
11.    Michael Coady, €6,020
12.    Nicholas Milne, €25,000

For information on the Music Capital Scheme here
or contact Aisling Ryan, Music Network, Tel. 01 6719429 or email