Sound Investment in Instruments as €178,500 Awarded Through Music Capital Scheme

04 December 2014

Music Network today announced the results of the Music Capital Scheme 2014. A total of €178,500 in funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has been awarded to 19 performing groups and 13 individual musicians. 

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 and professional musicians.

Commenting on the initiative, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said,

"I am delighted that my Department is once again providing funding to the Music Capital Scheme.  Since 2011, the Scheme has enabled many individual musicians, youth bands, choirs, orchestras and traditional music groups to purchase musical equipment. This funding has helped many groups across the country and has allowed musical talent to flourish. I wish all of this year’s recipients every success in their musical endeavours.”

In 2014, there were two categories of support under the Music Capital Scheme aimed at professional performing artists and non-professional performing groups/ensembles.  The scheme elicited 130 applications across the two funding streams – an increase of 59% on 2013 – with the value of funding requests totalling €788,583.  According to Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston, “The increased number of applications for this year’s scheme underlines the demand for musical instruments around the country. This year’s announcement brings to 195 the number of awards granted to musicians and organisations under the scheme, supporting Music Network’s mission to make live music happen throughout Ireland. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.”

A series of free information clinics were hosted in Galway, Dublin and Cork in September to offer practical advice to applicants and address specific queries relating to the scheme’s guidelines.

Funding was awarded across the not-for-profit and community music sector through Stream 1, providing a range of community and music groups with financial support.  19 of the 51 eligible applicants were awarded a total of €118,500 for the purchase of musical instruments across genres ranging from Irish traditional to classical and contemporary, and from rock and pop to Afro-Brazilian music.

Stream 1 awardees: Instrument banks for non-professional performing groups/ensembles

  • Cork Operatic Society - €1,575.00
  • Na Piobairí Uilleann Teoranta - €1,800.00
  • St. Nicholas Brass Band  - €1,462.50
  • Ardee Concert Band - €15,000.00
  • Dublin Youth Orchestra - €7,000.00
  • Gleneagle Concert Band - €15,000.00
  • MaSamba Samba School - €2,893.08
  • Fred Finn Branch of Comhaltas - €6,725.00
  • St. Canice's N.S. Instrumental Programme - €6,958.00
  • Midleton Concert Band - €5,512.50
  • The Moy Singers - €1,499.00
  • Community Centre for Music and the Arts (CCMA) - €20,599.00
  • Finglas Concert and Marching Band - €3,075.00
  • The Historical Harp Society of Ireland - €4,104.76
  • Clondalkin Youth Band - €10,000.00
  • Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO) - €4,500.00
  • St. Patrick’s Youth Pipe Band - €5,296.16
  • Tipperary Regional Youth Service - €2,500.00
  • Raphoe Pipe Band - €3,000.00

In Stream 2, funds of €60,000 were awarded to 13 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments across the genres of classical/contemporary classical, rock, traditional, jazz/improvised and early music. The awardees were chosen from 43 eligible applicants. 

Stream 2 awardees: Individual instruments for professional musicians

  • Matthew  Jacobson (Custom Handmade Cymbals) - €895.00
  • Laoise O'Brien (Eagle Recorder) - €925.00
  • Eamon Sweeney (Renaissance Guitar) - €1,240.71
  • Paul G. Smyth (Wiard 300 Series Modular Synthesizer) - €2,743.00
  • Macdara O Seireadáin (An A Clarinet of a set of Wurlitzer Clarinets) - €3,500.00
  • Barry Donohue (Double Bass) - €6,000.00
  • Robin Panter (Viola And Bow) - €8,165.00
  • Malcom Proud (Chamber Organ) - €7,500.00
  • Tiarnán O Duinnchinn (Uilleann Pipes) - €6,500.00
  • Leonard Barry (Uilleann Pipes) - €5,077.50
  • Ronan Browne (Uilleann Pipes) - €5,500.00
  • Gavin Brennan (Baritone Saxophone) - €3,545.00
  • Gerald Peregrine (Cello Bow) - €8,408.79

Details of all awards made under the scheme can be seen here.  Music Network is funded by The Arts Council. For further information on the Music Capital Scheme see here or contact Aoife Faughnan, Programmes Administrator, Music Network,, tel. 01 4750224.


2014 Stream 1 Awards
Available Award Fund: €118,500.00

Scoring Panellists:
Sharon Rollston, CEO, Music Network
Seamus Crimmins, Music Adviser, Arts Council
James Byrne, Musician, Independent Panellist
Padraig Rynne, Musician, Independent Panellist
John O’ Connor, CIT Cork School of Music, Independent Panellist

2014 Stream 2 Awards
Available Award Fund: €60,000.00

Scoring Panellists:
Deirdre Moynihan, Programmes Manager, Music Network
Seamus Crimmins, Arts Council Representative
Paul Noonan, Musician, Independent Panellist
Breda Smyth, Musician, Independent Panellist
Greg Felton, Musician, Independent Panellist