Music Capital Scheme Now Inviting Applications

The Music Capital Scheme 2012 is currently open for applications. The Music Network Music Capital Scheme is designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments, and respond to a broad range of capital needs within the music sector in Ireland. The Music Capital Scheme 2012 is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 

Background to the Scheme

The deadline for applications is Tues, 27 November @ 5.30pm

In June 2008 The Arts Council, The Irma Trust and Music Network announced new supports for capital investment in music. The Music Capital Scheme was initially established as a 3-year pilot scheme (2008 – 2010), which formed part of a research initiative seeking to analyse the needs for support for capital investment in music as well as the optimum ways of providing this support. 

In response to the success of the initial pilot scheme, funding was made available in 2011, and has recently been confirmed again for 2012 by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

In 2012, financial support will be offered in two distinct streams that will run concurrently: 

Stream 1

Instrument Banks - support for the purchase of instruments for non-professional groups/ensembles such as brass and silver bands, concert bands, symphonic wind ensembles, pipe bands, céilí bands, youth/amateur orchestras and ensembles, fife and drum (and other marching) bands, big bands, community music groups, percussion and samba bands, pop/rock music collectives, traditional music groups/ organisations, musical societies, venues, local authorities, resource/ community/youth organisations. 

Stream 2

Individual Instruments - support for the purchase of quality musical instruments for highly skilled individual performers playing at a professional level.  
Further information, application forms and guidelines are available here