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Capital Funds confirmed for Music Capital Scheme 2012 and National Music Day 2013

Music Network today welcomed the announcement by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirming capital funds of €200,000 for the Music Capital Scheme 2012 and love:live music/National Music Day 2013.

Both initiatives are managed by Music Network. The Music Capital Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional performing artists. love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day, celebrates the value of music in communities throughout the country on 21st June each year.

Commenting on the good news, Music Network CEO, Sharon Rollston said, ‘Music Network is very pleased to be able to continue the Music Capital Scheme in 2012, as one of a range of supports we offer to Irish musicians.  As well as individual artists, among others the scheme supports youth bands, ensembles, orchestras, community initiatives and resource organisations working in a diverse range of genres including rock, pop and contemporary as well as classical, traditional Irish, Baroque, jazz and electronic music. The high number of applications to the scheme each year brings home the level of need that exists in the area of capital provision for music’.

She continues, ‘love:live music almost doubled in size this year on last year’s event, with over 300 free live music events and an estimated 45,000 people taking part. Again, we are delighted to receive confirmation of the continued support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for this initiative in 2013’.

The Music Capital Scheme will open for applications at the beginning of September. Further information, application packs and guidelines will be available at

For further information, please contact: Louise Walsh, PR & Marketing Manager, Music Network Tel (01) 671 9429 Email:

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