A bugle call is being issued to all Kerry musicians, bands, collectives, music groups, music organisations, schools and interested communities.
An information session, on a new capital fund that will support the purchase of musical instruments, will take place in Tralee Library in Moyderwell at 5pm on Thursday, February 1st and everyone is welcome.
Two Distinct Awards
The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 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.
Opportunity for Kerry
“This is a great opportunity for Kerry. Due to a low number of successful applications from Kerry in previous rounds of the scheme, high quality applications from Kerry are being prioritised for this year,” said Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council.
The Arts Office has organised the information session in association with Music Network and they will present information on the scheme during the session.
Interested individuals are asked to reserve a place at the February 1st information session by emailing the Arts Office at Kerry County Council at: firstname.lastname@example.org and before close of business on Wednesday, January 31st.
Bands, Ensembles and Orchestras
As well as individual musicians, the scheme supports youth bands, ensembles, orchestras, community initiatives and resource organisations working in a diverse range of genres.
A total fund for the whole country is set at €245,500 and The Music Capital Scheme opened for applications on Thursday, January 11th. 2018 with a deadline of 12 pm on Tuesday 20th February 2018.
Two Award Categories
There are two award categories Non-Professional Performing Groups-Award 1 and Individual Professional Performing Musicians – Award 2. Up to 75% of the total cost of the instruments will be awarded.
Applicants must demonstrate how the remaining 25% will be funded. Information and guidelines, as well as application forms are available for download on the Music Network website see www.musicnetwork.ie/musicians/funding
The instruments provided through the Music Capital Scheme continue to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music making and live music performance throughout Ireland.
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