Music Capital Scheme Clinics 2014: FAQs

29 September 2014

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. More details here.

Music Network hosted a series of free information clinics in Galway, Dublin and Cork in September 2014 to offer advice to applicants of the scheme. The clinics were presented by the Music Network Programmes Manager and the Programmes Administrator.

Specific queries were addressed on the day, and FAQs are posted below.

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 MCS. 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.

For additional information about the Music Capital Scheme and to download a copy of the guidelines please visit 

For further information or queries, please contact Music Network's Programmes Administrator ( / 01 4750224)