Music Capital Scheme 2020

Music Capital Scheme 2020

Music Capital Scheme 2020
The Music Capital Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional performing musicians and non-professional performing groups.

Established in 2008, the Music Capital Scheme is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network. The scheme is open to groups and musicians performing a wide range of musical styles, and to date more than €2 million has been awarded across two distinct awards. The instruments purchased through the scheme continue to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music making and live music performance throughout Ireland.


Performing groups have been able to purchase instruments and expand their memberships


Has been awarded to musicians and performing groups


Professional musicians reached their full potential with funding to purchase new instruments


Beneficiaries from early-years to mature players, including musicians with physical and intellectual disabilities, have received vital support through the scheme

Any questions regarding the Music Capital Scheme can be sent to Sarah Cunningham at or call +353 (0) 83 095 5956 (Tuesday & Thursday afternoons).

Music Capital Scheme 2020 Award 1

Applications are invited from a wide range of non-professional performing groups, including but not limited to orchestras, marching/concert/pipe bands, Irish traditional, popular, contemporary, jazz, choral and samba groups.

Music Capital Scheme 2020 Award 2

Applications are invited from individual musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments across genres including, but not limited to Irish traditional, classical, jazz/improvised, electro-acoustic, blues, Americana and early music.

Music Network hosted two Music Capital Scheme Information Sessions on Facebook Live to provide guidance on completing an application form for the Music Capital Scheme.

The first information session discussed Award 1: Non-professional performing groups

The second information session discussed Award 2: Individual professional performing musicians

The information sessions were recorded and are available to view on YouTube or HERE.