Music Capital Scheme 2022: Applicant Support Sessions

Music Capital Scheme 2022: Applicant Support Sessions

Music Capital Scheme 2022: Applicant Support Sessions
Music Network will host a number of free supports for prospective Music Capital Scheme applicants, including Facebook live sessions, Zoom Seminar, and Individual One-to-One Sessions with Seminar Speakers.

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

We will be hosting the following supports in early 2023:

Facebook Live Sessions

Music Network hosted two Music Capital Scheme Information Sessions on Facebook Live to provide guidance on completing an application for the Music Capital Scheme. To watch the sessions, please visit the links below.

Session 1: Tuesday, 17th January 2023 at 6pm (for non-professional performing groups – Award 1) Watch the replay here.

Session 2: Thursday, 19th January 2023 at 6 pm (for individual professional and emerging performing musicians – Award 2 and Award 3) Watch the replay here.

Zoom Seminars

There were five Zoom seminars on the week of January 23rd:

Monday 23 January, 10.30–11.30am: Choosing Proposed Instruments for Purchase, for Organisations with Evelyn Grant.

Organisations applying for Award 1 must demonstrate to the assessment panel the need for and suitability of their proposed instruments for purchase.

Are you unsure what quality of instruments would best suit the musicians in your organization, whether it’s best to choose expensive instruments or if student models would be more appropriate? Or perhaps you are wondering whether you should apply for the highest amount permittable by the Music Capital Scheme or tailor the request to what your organisation really needs right now?

This seminar, delivered by radio presenter and leading community music promoter Evelyn Grant, helped applicants to establish their organisations’ instrument needs and research the most suitable purchase options.

Tuesday 24 January, 10.30–11.30am: Strategic and Artistic Planning, for Organisations with Ciara Higgins.

Organisations applying for Award 1 must provide details of the overall artistic plans and policies of the organisation.

Do you need some help to clarify what your organisation is about, where you are right now and where you want to get to? Do you wish to create a roadmap for future growth and unlock new opportunities?

This seminar, delivered by arts management consultant Ciara Higgins, equipped organisations with the tools to identify their artistic mission, vision and values and develop a Strategic Plan.

Wednesday 25 January, 10.30–11.30am: Creating your Governance Document, for Organisations with Sheila Cahill.

Organisations applying for Award 1 must supply details of the organisation’s structure and governance, with reference to the group’s constitution or governing document.

Do you need to create a governance document, or refresh your existing document? Would you like more clarity on how to define the roles and responsibilities of your members, or require advice on which legal structure will best serve your purpose?

This seminar, delivered by leading governance consultant Sheila Cahill, guided organisations through the process of creating a clear and useful governance document.

Thursday 26 January, 10.30–11.30am: Creation of Recordings, for Organisations with Mairéad O’Reilly.

Organisations applying for Award 1 must submit recordings to support their application.

You don’t have to be an expert to create good quality recordings. Would you like to receive user-friendly tips on getting the best out of your mobile phone, how to test recording levels and convert and upload files?

This seminar, delivered by prominent sound engineer Mairéad O’Reilly, provided a step-by-step guide to creating good quality recordings which show your organisation in its best light and clearly relate to your proposed instruments for purchase.

Friday 27 January, 10.30–11.30am: Creation of Recordings, for Individuals with Mairéad O’Reilly. Register here

Musicians applying for Awards 2 or 3 must submit recordings of their artistic activities.

Are you unsure which types of recordings will best benefit your application? Would you like to avoid common pitfalls and receive tips on using pre-existing recordings or starting afresh with your application in mind?

This seminar, delivered by prominent sound engineer Mairéad O’Reilly, will provide a step-by-step guide to presenting good quality recordings which are the best possible representation of your work and clearly relate to your proposed instrument for purchase.

Individual One-to-One Sessions with Seminar Speakers

Commencing week of January 30th.

You may book a one-to-one Zoom or phone session with any of the above seminar speakers by emailing Abbi Temple at

Please include a contact phone number, the name of your organisation (if applicable) and details of any past application to the Music Capital Scheme.

Individual One-to-one Zoom/Phone Sessions for Individuals and Organisations with Liz Powell

Commencing week of February 6th.

Selection criteria for Music Capital Scheme applications require applicants to demonstrate clearly and concisely their artistic activities to date, plans for future development and need for the proposed instrument(s) for purchase.

Would you like to receive guidance on how to write clearly and persuasively, and how to present your achievements and musical goals with the selection criteria in mind?

To support applicants in presenting themselves in the best light, one-to-one sessions are available with leading arts manager Liz Powell. These sessions will suit applicants for all awards who have already begun to prepare their application; participants are encouraged to bring their draft applications to the sessions.

To book a session, please email Abbi Temple at Please include a contact phone number, the name of your organisation (if applicable) and details of any past 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.

About the Speakers

Ciara Higgins

Ciara Higgins has a significant, proven track record in creative and collaborative classical music programming, and extensive experience in arts management at both an international and local level over many years. Over her professional life she has worked with many of Ireland’s music organisations, including the National Concert Hall, RTÉ Performing Groups, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Dublin International Piano Competition, garnering an intimate knowledge of the arts and cultural sector both at home and abroad. She is currently Head of Artistic Programming at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Artistic Director of the Dublin International Chamber Music Festival (Great Music in Irish Houses).

Ciara currently serves on the board of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and sits on the Executive Committee of the Dublin International Piano Competition and the Board of Studies of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She has also served on the board of Literature Ireland and the RIAM Board of Governors.

As well as an obvious passion for music in all forms, her interests include theatre, the visual arts, literature, dance and travel. Since her early teenage years she has been involved and deeply committed to charity work and has fundraised actively for such organisations as Amnesty International, the Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers Society, the Irish Hospice Foundation, Gorta and the Mater Hospital.

Evelyn Grant

Evelyn Grant presents Weekend Drive on RTE lyric fm. A member of a well-known musical family from Dublin, she studied the flute in Germany before taking up a post at the Cork School of Music where she lectured in Flute and, later, in Community Music Studies until 2009. Involved in outreach projects for over 30 years, she was the first Irish person to receive a Master’s degree in Community Music (University of York.) She was awarded a PhD from University College Cork. for her research on ‘Social Inclusion in Music Education in Ireland.’ For RTE lyric fm, Evelyn delivers an outreach programme of live music concerts in community settings all over Ireland. Among the features she has researched and presented for Lyric are a 6-part documentary series entitled 'Passions and Policies - Music Education in Ireland'; Musical Migrations; and on the National Youth Ochestra of Ireland. She is co-founder and musical director of The Cork Pops Orchestra (, presenting the very popular ‘Concerts for Schools’ series. Evelyn was an awardee of Social Entrpreneurs Ireland for her work in the area of music performance opportunity for people with disability, and since the pandemic has performed in a range of community settings, from care-homes across Cork city and county, to collaborations with the Cork Migrant Centre and the Lantern Project at Nano Nagle Place.

Evelyn is married to ‘cellist Gerard Kelly, and their four children are professional musicians. She was honoured to be ‘Cork Person of the Month’ in January 2022.

Mairéad O’Reilly

Mairéad O’Reilly is primarily a Live Sound Engineer. She formed her own sound reinforcement company and worked freelance for 20 years. Her specialization has been engineering high quality sound for acoustic music. She has provided sound reinforcement for national and international concerts, festivals and tours, and has also engineered live events for major recording artistes such as Altan, John Martyn, Rhiannon Giddens and Townes Van Zandt among others.

Mairéad holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Technologies from TU Dublin where she majored in Audio. She is also an AVID Certified Pro Tools Trainer.

While lecturing in sound technology, Mairéad continued to mix occasional concerts and more recently decided to merge her wide experience in audio and education to launch 'MÓR Sound', a dedicated voice recording and post-production studio in Dublin, aimed at producing high quality audio for online learning, audio books, podcasts and vocalists.

Sheila Cahill

Sheila Cahill has worked in the voluntary and community sector in Ireland and the UK for the last 30 years and holds a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics. In her role as Director of Training and Support Services at Carmichael Centre, she provided a governance and management training programme of 60 courses a year to boards and staff of community and voluntary organisations. She was a member of the working group that developed the Code of Governance for Community and Voluntary Organisations (2012) and assisted the Charity Regulator in the production of a new Charities Governance Code (2018).

Liz Powell

Liz Powell is an Arts and Cultural Manager with extensive experience in a range of contexts for over 30 years. She is currently working in a freelance capacity and has worked most recently with the Arts Officer in Tipperary County Council to develop Tipperary’s second Arts Strategy. She has worked with a number of other agencies and organisations to develop strategically.

A regular member of arts funding assessment panels, she also has also worked in an advisory capacity to develop new funding initiatives and to review existing funding schemes and programmes. She has wide experience in managing change in organisations and creating more effective and efficient working environments and received a First Class Honours Post Graduate Certificate in Change Leadership from LIT (now TUS) in 2021.

A Music and Maths graduate from UCC, she has considerable experience as a choral leader and was a co-founder of the National (Choral) Singing Week designed to highlight and celebrate the positive physical and mental health benefits of choral and group singing. She conducts choirs and leads singing groups in Tipperary and Galway.