Music Capital Scheme

Music Capital Scheme

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Applications are now open for the Music Network Music Capital Scheme 2024.

The Music Capital Scheme, which is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional musicians and non-professional groups across the country.

A total of €542,000 in funding is available through the following awards which are now open for applications:

Award 1 - for non-professional performing groups
Award 2 – for individual established professional performing musicians
Award 3 – for individual emerging professional performing musicians

An extensive range of applicant supports will be delivered between now and the application deadline. These will be available to both organisations and individuals, with a particular focus on supporting first time and previously unsuccessful applicants. Music Network will host two online Information Sessions, one for organisations considering applying to Award 1 and one for individuals considering applying to Awards 2 or 3. Alongside this will be online seminars on key topics relating to the application process and a limited number of one-to-one consultation sessions on these topics. Find out more about applicant supports and how to sign up below.

Music Network encourages prospective applicants with disabilities or access requirements who wish to submit an application or who have difficulties in accessing Online Services to make contact with us as early as possible before the deadline so that every effort to provide reasonable accommodation can be made.

Any questions regarding the Music Capital Scheme can be sent to Sarah Cunningham, Music Capital Scheme Administrator, at capitalscheme@musicnetwork.ie or +353 (0) 83 095 5956 (part-time).

Deadline for applications: 2pm, Tuesday 25 June 2024.

Music Capital Scheme 2024 Award 1 - non-professional performing groups

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 2024 Award 2 - individual established professional performing musicians

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

Music Capital Scheme 2024 Award 3 - individual emerging professional performing musicians

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

Online information sessions and supports for applicants

An extensive range of applicant supports will be delivered during May and June 2024. These supports will be available to both organisations and individuals, with a particular focus on supporting first time and previously unsuccessful applicants. All supports are provided free of charge.

A list of our upcoming support sessions can be found below. In addition we also have a limited number of one-to-one consultation sessions with each seminar speaker. To book a one-to-one consultation with any of the seminar speakers, please email Sarah Ledwidge at programmesadmin@musicnetwork.ie. Please include a contact phone number, the name of your organisation (if applicable) and let us know whether you have made any previous application to the Music Capital Scheme.

*Please note, one-to-one sessions are limited and priority will go to first time and previously unsuccessful applicants. Attending a support session is not a guarantee of funding.

Music Network will host 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 will discuss Award 1: Non-professional performing groupsWATCH IT BACK HERE

The second information session will discuss Award 2: Individual established professional performing musicians and Award 3: Individual emerging professional performing musiciansWATCH IT BACK HERE

This project is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media