Music Capital Scheme

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

In 2016, financial support will be offered in two distinct streams:

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, choirs, 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.

Read the Music Capital Scheme Guidelines 2016 document here.

Click here to view details of past Music Capital Scheme awards.


CLOSING DATE: 12pm, Thursday 26th January 2017


Music Capital Scheme Information Clinics

Music Capital Scheme 2016 Information Clinics will be held during the week of 9th January 2017 as follows:

  • Monday 9th January 2017, Culture House, 2 Pery Square, Limerick, 11am- 1pm
  • Tuesday 10th January 2017, Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway, 11.30am- 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 11th January 2017, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, 11am- 1pm
  • Thursday 12th January 2017, The Model, The Mall, Sligo, 12pm- 2pm
  • Friday 13th January 2017, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork, 11.30am- 1.30pm

The clinics are free to attend, for details on how to book a place, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at Tel 01 475 0224/

Read the FAQs from the 2015 Music Capital Scheme Advice Clinics here.