Music Capital Scheme Clinics 2015: FAQs

07 October 2015


The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians. For more information, guidelines, and online application forms, please see here.

Music Network hosted a series of free Music Capital Scheme Advice Clinics in September 2015 in Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Galway and Kilkenny to offer advice to applicants of the scheme. The clinics were presented by Music Network Programmes Manager, Deirdre Moynihan, and Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham.

FAQs addressed at the Advice Clinics can be found below.

Is a screenshot sufficient when looking at an online quote?
It would be best to have an email from the dealer’s website confirming the cost of the instrument you have in mind. The sender details must be included in the email which is submitted to Music Network.

What if a second quote cannot be produced?
The quotations form part of the Essential Support Material; an application will be deemed ineligible if two quotations are not included. In the case of a second hand or bespoke instrument, the second quotation could be an independent valuation of the instrument by another maker/dealer. If possible, an applicant can supply a quote for a comparable instrument.

Can instruments be sourced abroad? Is there a preference for using Irish companies?
There is no preference given by the judging panel in this area. It is understood that some instruments cannot be sourced in Ireland. If a quotation is in another currency, please include a Euro conversion also.

Can essential support materials be submitted online?
As specified in the Music Capital Scheme Guidelines, all support materials must be submitted by hard copy.

Stream 1 applicants are required to have a separate bank account. Are Credit Union accounts accepted instead of bank accounts?
Yes. The awardee would need to supply their Credit Union member number and the Credit Union’s IBAN and BIC numbers in order for payments to be processed.

What insurance companies insure musical instruments?
The following is a list of companies that have insured instruments/equipment for previously successful applicants to the Music Capital Scheme. Please note that Music Network is not endorsing any particular company: Alliance Specialist Musical Instrument Insurance, Lark Insurance London, Dolmen Insurance Brokers, ASTA

Are delivery costs considered to be ‘eligible expenditure’?
No. Any travel expenses incurred or delivery charges for the instrument are considered to be ‘ineligible expenditure’ as outlined in the guidelines.

Can a request for two instruments be made within one application for Stream 2?
Only one instrument – the applicant’s primary instrument – can be applied for in an application.

Is a Child Protection Certificate obtained on successful completion of a CPP training course considered to be sufficient as evidence of having a CPP policy in place?
No. Organisations delivering programmes for children and young people under the age of 18 and/or vulnerable adults are required to have adequate child/vulnerable adult protection and welfare policies and procedures in place. You are required to submit a copy of your child/vulnerable adult protection policy and procedures with your application. Please note, this documentation must specifically relate to the work of your group or organisation, and procedures must have been fully implemented. If you wish to ensure your documentation is consistent with best practice see Guidelines for the Protection and welfare of Children and young People in the Arts Sector, available on request from The Arts Council or on

Is an organisation considered a not-for-profit organisation if the organisation is not making a profit?
This is dependent on what is outlined in the organisation’s constitution. The constitution will clearly state whether the organisation is a voluntary body, a charitable organisation or a not-for-profit organisation.

If you have a query about the Music Capital Scheme 2015 that is not addressed above or in the guidelines, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at 01 475 0224 or