18 November 2008: €347,000 in funding awarded through the Music Capital Scheme

The Arts Council in association with the IRMA Trust and Music Network (MN) today announced the names of 41 individuals and organisations awarded funding through the Music Capital Scheme and Research Project. A total of €347,000 has been awarded to professional musicians, non-professional performing groups and community-based organisations involved in supporting music practice in their area for the purchase of musical instruments and rehearsal equipment.  The scheme elicited 298 applications across three funding streams with the value of funding requests totalling in excess of €2,200,000.

Commenting on the initiative, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD said: "It has been a long-standing ambition of my Department to provide funds for the purchase of musical instruments and rehearsal equipment.   We have worked closely with the Arts Council over the past months to develop a thoughtful and strategic response to this important area of activity and I am delighted to see the first outcomes of this significant new initiative.    It is encouraging to see such a diverse range of grant recipients across the various strands of the new scheme from youth bands, ensembles, orchestras, community initiatives and resource organisations."

The Director of the Arts Council, Mary Cloake, said: "Over a number of years, the Arts Council has been keenly aware of the clear need to provide assistance in the purchase of costly musical instruments.  The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr Martin Cullen TD and his officials have enabled us to develop a meaningful response to this need.  We are delighted to see the impact of the targeted contribution made to the initiative by the IRMA Trust who have been a key strategic partner in the initiative. The high number of applications to the scheme brings home the level of need that exists in the area of capital provision for music and we greatly appreciate Music Network’s professionalism and expertise in managing the complex process."

Funding was awarded across the not-for-profit and community music sector through streams one and three providing community groups, music schools and resource centres with instruments and rehearsal equipment packages.  Amongst the awardees were: Na Piobairi Uilleann Teo, Soundscape Music Project in Galway, Ballymun Regional Youth Resources, Cork Music Works, Phoenix Youth Centre in Roscommon, RED - South Dublin Arts Centre; as well as City of Waterford Brass Band, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, the Gleneagle Concert Band in Kerry, Killaloe/Ballina Family Resource Centre, the Gurranabraher / Churchfield Development Centre in Cork City and the Castletown Accordion Orchestra in Meath. 21 of the 183 applicants were awarded a total of €138,000 for the purchase of musical instruments in stream one and 15 of the 59 applicants in stream three were awarded rehearsal equipment packages worth a total value of €130,000 funded exclusively by the IRMA Trust.

"The Trust is pleased with the outcome of the Capital Music Scheme. We were astonished at the level of music activity nationwide and are thrilled to be able to provide assistance to fifteen organisations throughout the country" stated Dick Doyle, Chair of the IRMA Trust, he went on to say "Our original mission was to give something back to the industry and to provide young people with the opportunity to be actively involved in making music. This partnership scheme is a most fitting final programme for the IRMA Trust. We hope that new partnerships between the music industry, the Arts Council and the youth arts community endure into the future. The rehearsal rooms are the Trusts legacy to musicians in Ireland."

In stream two, funds of €79,000 were awarded to eight professional musicians working within classical, jazz and traditional music to assist with the purchase of high-value instruments. Simon Jermyn, Emer Mayock, Paul Roe, Sarah Sexton, Finghin Collins, Siobhan Armstrong, Redmond O’Toole and Malachy Robinson were awarded contributory sums ranging from €500 to €40,000. The eight were chosen from 59 other applications.

Commenting on Music Network’s involvement in the scheme, MN CEO, Deirdre McCrea said: "Music Network is very pleased to have been invited by the Arts Council to manage the Music Capital Scheme.  This is a role that fits neatly with Music Network's aim to make high quality live music accessible at local level, while supporting the career development of Irish and Ireland-based musicians.  The Music Capital Scheme is a welcome addition to the growing range of supports available to Irish musicians and the volume of interest in the scheme clearly demonstrates the need for this support to continue."

In addition to awarding funding, the pilot year of The Music Capital Scheme and Research Project has also provided a detailed profile of the both professional and amateur organisations, individuals and community groups working throughout Ireland today. Many of the 298 were first-time applicants to an Arts Council funding initiative and included among them individuals and organisations involved in education, healthcare and community outreach. A notably diverse range of genres was also represented among the applications with funding requests from those working in rock, pop and contemporary as well as classical, traditional Irish, Baroque, jazz and electronic music. The information amassed by the Research Project, which ran in tandem with the Music Capital scheme, will be managed and compiled by the Arts Council allowing the relevant public bodies to assess related needs and issues highlighted within and beyond the scope of the Music Capital Scheme.

The Music Capital Scheme and Research Project will continue to in 2009 and 2010.

Stream 1
Demand: 1,360,000.00
Award: 138,000
Number of applications: 183
10.14% of funding demand met

Stream 2
Demand: 712, 558
Award: 79,000
Number of Applications: 59
11.08% of funding demand met

Stream 3
Available: €130,000
Number of Applications: 56
Awarded: 15 (12 full packages and 3 supplementary packages)
26.78% of funding demand met


Stream One Awardees - Music Bank

Name of applicant group/organisationLocationAmount (€)
Coiste Ealaion Traidisiunta Ghleann Cholm CilleDonegal6,270
Sligo Academy of MusicSligo12,564
Laois Academy of MusicLaois3,285.87
Carlow Young Artists ChoirCarlow3,486.75
Clondalkin Youth BandDublin6,500
Phoenix Rising Marching BandDublin7,000
Na Piobairi UilleannNational20,000
Lir Youth OrchestraWestmeath6,747
Waterford Healing Arts TrustWaterford4,181
Soundscape Music ProjectGalway10,688.25
Castletown Accordian OrchestraMeath7,000
Cork Music WorksCork1,837
Letterkenny and District Pipe BandDonegal3,300
Danescastle Music Group Wexford4,642
K&S Accordian Concert and Display BandMeath5,000
Lourdes Brass BandLouth5,450
City of Waterford BrassWaterford9,400
Gleneagle Concert BandKerry11,100
Cullen Pipe BandCork3,348
Artane BandDublin6,200

Stream Two Awardees- Individual High-Value Instruments 

Name of ApplicantAmount (€)
Simon Jermyn500
Emer Mayock1,250
Paul Roe2,305
Sarah Sexton40,000
Finghin Collins21,705
Siobhán Armstrong4,490
Redmond O'Toole4,500
Malachy Robinson4,250

Stream Three Awardees - Rehearsal Equipment Scheme (funded by the IRMA Trust)

Total value of packages - €138,000

Full Packages AwardeesLocation
The Yougal Youth ProjectYoughal, Cork 
Co. Monaghan VECMonaghan Town
RED - South Dublin Arts CentreTallaght, Dublin
Ballymun Regional Youth Resources (BRYR)Ballymun, Dublin
Model Arts and Niland GallerySligo Town
The Attic Youth CafeBantry, West Cork
Youth Work Ireland Phoenix Youth CentreBallaghadereen, Roscommon
West Dublin YMCATallaght, Dublin
Kerry Diocesan Youth Service 'live band project'Tralee, Kerry
Gurranabraher/ Churchfield Development CentreCork City
Carlow Regional Youth ServicesCarlow
Killaloe/ Ballina Resource CentreClare
Additional Equipment AwardeesLocation
Band Room Inc DroghedaLouth
Cavan Community Youth Projects (CCYP) Cavan Town
Donegal Youth Service LetterkennyDonegal
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