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Music Network today announced the results of the Music Capital Scheme 2016. A total of €189,000 in funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs has been awarded to 22 performing groups and 15 individual musicians.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and managed by Music Network, comprises two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to professional musicians.

Commenting on the initiative, Heather Humphreys TD, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, said:

I am delighted to once again support the annual Music Capital Scheme, which provides very important support to professional and amateur musicians. Our rich music tradition is alive and well, as evidenced by the range of groups and individuals receiving support under the Scheme this year, from Pipe Bands to Samba Music. The Government’s Creative Ireland programme, which aims to put culture and creativity at the heart of communities nationwide, contains a specific commitment to ensure every child has access to tuition in music, drama, dance or coding, and we intend to work closely with Music Network to deliver this extremely worthwhile initiative.

In 2016, there were two categories of support under the Music Capital Scheme aimed at professional performing artists and non-professional performing groups/ensembles. According to Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston,

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in funding the Music Capital Scheme. Access to musical instruments is intrinsically linked to the issue of access to live music in general, which Music Network has been working to develop equitably throughout Ireland for over 30 years, and we are pleased that 264 awards have been made under this scheme to date, enabling musicians across the country to develop and fulfil their creative potential.”

A series of five free information clinics were hosted in Limerick, Galway, Dublin, Sligo and Cork in January to offer practical advice to applicants and address specific queries relating to the scheme’s guidelines.

Funding was awarded across the not-for-profit and community music sector through Stream 1, providing a range of community and music groups with financial support. 22 of 49 eligible applicants were awarded a total of €125,000 for the purchase of musical instruments across a wide range of groups including Irish Traditional, Choral/Musical Theatre, Samba bands, Marching/Concert bands, Pop/Rock and Multi- genre.

Stream 1 awardees: Instrument banks for non-professional performing groups/ensembles

Applicant and Amount Awarded below

Artane School of Music


Athenry Music School


Blanchardstown Brass Band


The Brass Duffers Ensemble


Community Centre for Music and the Arts


Coole Music & Arts Ltd


Cork Concert Orchestra


Cork ETB School of Music


Dublin Concert Band


Headway Ireland


Limerick School of Music


Major Minors Junior Orchestra


Manorcunningham Pipe Band


Maracatu Alcateia


Masamba Samba School


Mullahoran CCÉ


Na Piobairí Uilleann


Raphoe Pipe Band


Rathfarnham Concert Band Society


Royal Meath Accordion Orchestra


Sing Out with Strings


That’s Life / Brothers of Charity Services


In Stream 2, funds of €64,000 were awarded to 15 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments across genres including Classical/Contemporary Classical, Traditional/Bluegrass, Jazz/Improvised, Electronic / Electro Acoustic and World music. The awardees were chosen from 57 eligible applicants.

Stream 2 awardees: Individual instruments for professional musicians

Applicant, Instrument and Amount awarded below

David Doocey

Violin bow


Ciara Glasheen-Artem

Cor Anglais


Patrick Groenland

Acoustic Guitar


Martin Johnson

Cello bow


Laoise Kelly

Irish harp


Eilís Lavelle

Irish harp


Damien McGeehan

Tin Fiddle


Matthew Noone

Electroacoustic Sarode


Maitiú Ó Casaide

Uilleann pipes


Liam O’Connor

Violin bow


Neil O’Connor

Modular Synthesiser


Redmond O’Toole

Theorbo and case


Patrick Joseph Rafter

Violin bow


Maria Ryan



Enda Scahill

Tenor banjo


Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.

For further information on the Music Capital Scheme visit or contact Sarah Cunningham, Programmes Administrator,

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