The scheme, which comprises three different awards, supports the purchase of musical instruments and is designed to respond to a broad range of capital needs within the music sector in Ireland.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media Catherine Martin T.D. said: I am overjoyed that my Department is able to fund the Music Capital Scheme again this year. This wonderful scheme provides essential funding to groups and talented individuals towards the purchase of musical instruments. The Music Capital Scheme has benefitted thousands of people since its inception and, with this year’sextensive range of applicant supports, a particular focus will be given to supporting first time and previously unsuccessful applicants.
Established in 2008, the scheme was introduced by The Arts Council, The IRMA Trust and Music Network as an action-research initiative. Now managed by Music Network, it has funded over 413 awards, benefitting more than 46,000 people of all ages throughout Ireland.
Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston commented: “We would like to express our gratitude to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for its ongoing commitment to providing vital funding for musical instruments to both groups and individual musicians. This investment continues to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music-making and live music performance throughout Ireland.We hope that the capacity building supports provided will help people to make the best application possible, achieve positive results for them, and benefit the music sector widely."
The Scheme is open for applications from Thursday 15th December 2022 to 2pm, Tuesday 28th February 2023.
The guidelines documents and application forms are available on www.musicnetwork.ie or from Sarah Cunningham at Tel +353 (0) 83 095 5956 / Email email@example.com