Music Capital Scheme 2024 - One-to-One Consultation Sessions for applicants

Music Capital Scheme 2024 - One-to-One Consultation Sessions for applicants

Applications for the Music Capital Scheme 2024 are now open. Our range of supports is designed to help you make your application with a particular focus on supporting first time and previously unsuccessful applicants.

We have a limited number of one-to-one consultation sessions with each of our seminar speakers.

To book a one-to-one consultation please email Sarah Ledwidge at Please include a contact phone number, the name of your organisation (if applicable) and let us know whether you have made any previous applications to the Music Capital Scheme.

About our speakers

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 has been providing a freelance training and consultancy service since early 2008, with a particular focus on governance, strategic planning and the development of outcomes-focused monitoring and evaluation systems and assisted the Charity Regulator in the production of the Charities Governance Code. Recent clients include: Active Retirement Ireland, AsIAm, Chime, Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Limerick Sports Partnership, Music Network, Screen Skills Ireland and The Wheel.

Mairéad O’Reilly is primarily a live sound engineer. She formed her own sound reinforcement company and worked freelance for 30 years. Her specialization has been engineering high quality sound for acoustic music. She has provided sound reinforcement for national and international concerts, festivals & tours and has also engineered live events for major recording artists 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.

Eibhlin Gleeson has extensive experience as a senior arts manager over 20 years. Having started her career as a musician, she is now a key figure in Ireland’s artistic landscape.  She was the CEO of Ireland’s flagship professional choir, Chamber Choir Ireland where she implemented significant organisational and structural change.  Following this, she developed her own arts management company, EMG Arts Management, providing strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, and international touring services to arts organisations in Ireland. In 2015, she became CEO and Artistic Director of Cork Opera House, one of Ireland’s flagship producing and presenting houses, a position which she still holds today. Here, she has presided over a new phase of producing, major organisational change and increased funding revenue and audience figures.

Eibhlin has a BMus from UCC and is a former fellow of the Kennedy Centre’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management in Washington, D.C. She was instrumental in establishing a new Arts Management and Creative Producing Master’s Degree in University College Cork, Ireland where she teaches on an ongoing basis.

Liz Powell has worked as an Arts and Cultural Manager for over 30 years. Over this time, she has held senior roles with the Arts Council, Sing Ireland, Music Generation and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Working in a freelance capacity, she worked with the Arts Officer in Tipperary County Council to develop Tipperary’s second Arts Strategy, published in 2023 and is currently engaged to provide festival support services in Tipperary as well as working with Tipperary ETB, Music Network and Galway Music Residency.

A regular member of arts funding assessment panels, Liz has worked in an advisory capacity to develop new funding initiatives and to evaluate and review existing 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. Liz also works as a group singing leader and choral conductor.

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.

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

Any questions regarding the Music Capital Scheme can be sent to Sarah Cunningham at or call +353 (0) 83 095 5956 (2 – 5.30pm excluding Wednesdays).