€245k Awarded to Artists and Groups for Musical Instruments

Aoife Ní Bhriain

€245k Awarded to Artists and Groups for Musical Instruments

Music Capital Scheme recipients include Fiachra de hOra, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Na Píobairí Uilleann and Girls Rock Dublin.

Music Network has announced the recipients of the 2019 Music Capital Scheme. The scheme, funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, provides funding for high-quality musical instruments for music groups and for individual artists performing at a professional level. The overall amount for 2019 is €245,440.

A total of €82,040 was awarded to nineteen artists. Among the recipients are violist Fiachra de hOra, Baroque flautist Miriam Kaczor, harper Síle Denvir, violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain, concertina player Pádraig Rynne, trumpeter David Collins, and violist Beth McNinch.

Thirty-four music groups received a total of €163,400, including Na Píobairí Uilleann, Girls Rock Dublin, Macnas, Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Artane School of Music, Sing Out with Strings, Le Chéile Secondary School Orchestra, and Coláiste Eoin.

Commenting on the initiative, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said:

The 2019 round of the Music Capital Scheme will again benefit so many deserving organisations and individuals… 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.

For the full list of recipients, see below. For more, visit www.musicnetwork.ie.

Music Capital Scheme 2019 Recipients

Aoife Burke

Callum Owens

Aoife Ní Bhriain

Peggy Nolan

Meadhbh O’Rourke

John Carty

Ultan O’Brien

Fiachra de hOra

Rachel Factor

Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín

John Walsh
Flamenco guitar

Pádraig Rynne

Beth McNinch
Viola bow

David Collins
Rotary Bb trumpet

Síle Denvir
Wire-strung harp

Chien Buggle
Classical guitar

Miriam Kaczor
Baroque flute

Tom Portman
Lap steel guitar

Alex Borwick
Moog synthesiser


Ennis Brass Band

City of Waterford Brass

St Joseph’s Pipe Band

Artane School of Music


The Diarmuid Ó Cathain Cultural Centre

Portarlington Concert Band

St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music and the Arts

Gardiner Street Primary School

Clondalkin Youth Band

Headford Music Works

Na Píobairí Uilleann

Presto Project

Le Chéile Secondary School Orchestra

St Finian’s National School Strings Project

St Finnachta’s National School

Cullen Pipe Band

Coláiste Eoin

Buíon Phíobairí Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh


St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band

Music In Community

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir

Julianstown Youth Orchestra

Girls Rock Dublin
€ 2,218


Irish Association of Youth Orchestras

Sing Out with Strings

Bunscoil Mhuire

Discovery Gospel Choir

Ossory Youth

Masamba Samba School

Comhaltas Athy

Marist College


Published on 17 July 2019


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