Minister Madigan welcomes announcement of funding awards under the Music Capital Scheme 2019

Minister Josepha Madigan  has welcomed the announcement by Music Network of funding awards totalling €245,440 under the Music Capital Scheme 2019 divided between non-professional performing groups (€163,400) and individual talented musicians (€82,040).

This initiative, which is in existence since 2008, is managed by Music Network and funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Music Capital Scheme is designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments, and to respond to a broad range of capital needs within the music sector in Ireland. A particular area of difficulty for musicians and ensembles is purchasing musical instruments. The cost of instrument purchase, maintenance and repair can be a costly barrier to the development of many organisations and individuals and the Music Capital Scheme aims to address this.

The capital scheme is made of two distinct awards that provide funding towards the purchase of musical instruments both to performing groups and individual musicians at a professional performing standard.

Under Award 1, €163,400 for the purchase of musical instruments was awarded to 34 not-for-profit and community music groups across a wide range of musical genres including Marching/Concert/Pipe Bands, Multi-genre, Irish Traditional, Popular Contemporary, Contemporary Classical, Pop, Choral and Samba.

Of these, 5 awards totalling €33,510 were made to the prioritised counties of Clare, Laois, Roscommon and Westmeath.

Under Award 2,   €82,040 was awarded to 19 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments/equipment. Musical genres covered in these allocations were Contemporary Classical, Classical, Flamenco, Electro-acoustic, Irish Traditional and Early/Baroque.

Commenting on these allocations, Minister Madigan said:

“The 2019 round of the Music Capital Scheme will again benefit so many deserving organisations and individuals, just as it has since it was initially launched just over a decade ago. I am delighted that my Department was once again in a position to financially support the scheme. I see it as one of our key funding initiatives year on year.

Lack of a decent instrument should not be an impediment to the development of a clearly gifted individual or indeed the development of numerous bands and groups who repay our faith tenfold through their engagement with their local communities.

The social and health benefits of learning to play a musical instrument have long since been established and I am thrilled that my Department plays a part in this.

Continued success to all of the grantees for many years to come”

Further Information

Award 1

Organisation Awarded   Organisation Awarded
Artane School of Music €11,420 Sing Out with Strings €1,610


Buíon Phíobairí Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh €2,889 Julianstown Youth Orchestra €2,394
Bunscoil Mhuire €1,431 Le Cheile Secondary School Orchestra €4,119
City of Waterford Brass €14,033 Macnas


Clondalkin Youth Band €5,047 Marist College




Coláiste Eoin €3,612 Masamba Samba School




Comhaltas Athy €801 Music In Community




Community Centre for Music and the Arts €7,085 Na Píobairí Uilleann


Cullen Pipe Band €3,712 Ossory Youth




Discovery Gospel Choir €1,340 Portarlington Concert Band




Ennis Brass Band €18,733 Presto Project




Foróige €2,808 St Finian’s National School Strings Project €3,956


Gardiner Street Gospel Choir €2,547 St Finnachta’s National School




Gardiner Street Primary School €5,256 St Joseph’s Pipe Band




Girls Rock Dublin € 2,218 St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band


Headford Music Works €4,692 The Diarmuid O’Cathain Cultural Centre €7,755


Irish Association of Youth Orchestras €2,017 YMCA



Award 2

Awardee Instrument Amount Awarded
Alex Borwick Moog Synthesiser €699
Chien Buggle Classical Guitar €2,350
Aoife Burke Cello €9,000
John Carty Violin €5,500
David Collins Rotary Bb Trumpet €2,725
Fiachra de hOra Viola €4,750
Síle Denvir Wire strung Harp €2,500
Rachel Factor Virginal €4,187
Miriam Kaczor Baroque Flute €1,975
Beth McNinch Viola bow €3,100
Aoife Ní Bhriain Violin €6,250
Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín Harp €4,171
Peggy Nolan Cello €5,942
Ultan O’Brien Violin €5,500
Meadhbh O’Rourke Flute €5,896
Callum Owens Cello €9,000
Tom Portman Lap Steel Guitar €749
Padraig Rynne Concertina €3,797
John Walsh Flamenco Guitar


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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