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Music Network announce results of Music Capital Scheme 2013

Music Network announce results of Music Capital Scheme 2013


Back in November, I posted the results of Music Network’s Recording Scheme and the subsequent post raised issues about the operation, weighted panel and overall transparency of the scheme, leading to further pieces from the Irish Times and The Sunday Times.

In the aftermath of that scheme, Music Network says the the Music Capital Scheme panel meetings were postponed “to take on board the issues that arose from the Music Recording Scheme.”

Music Network say the addressed the criticism in the following ways:

“To ensure that there were no conflicts of interest, we requested and received written confirmation from all panellists that they had no direct associations with any of the applicants. We also broadened the panels to include an extra member – so there were six independent assessors in total.

They also say they are meeting First Music Contact soon “to discuss ways we can work together to help applicants to these funds – one idea is for example to set up workshops to take people through the application process.”

Which is a good thing. But let us hope that FMC are not anointed the only representatives of non-classical/contemporary music or “the resource organisation for the indie music sector ” as CEO Sharon Rollston put it previously. As I said before “panels need a clearer representation for all genres of music, from all sides of music,” not just ticking boxes for contemporary, classical, indie or otherwise which can be achieved with a) larger panels (as Music Network have done this time) and b) a greater variety of panellists.

What is the Music Capital Scheme?

From the press release:
The Music Capital Scheme was established by The Arts Council, The IRMA Trust and Music Network in 2008 as an action-research initiative designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments. In response to the success of the initial pilot scheme, funding has been made available since 2011 by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

In 2013, there were two categories of support under the Music Capital Scheme aimed at professional performing artists and non-professional performing groups/ensembles. The scheme elicited eighty-two applications across the two funding streams with the value of funding requests totalling €506,535.

Panel for Music Capital Scheme 2013

2013 Stream 1 Awards

Available Award Funds: €120,350.00*

Sharon Rollston, CEO, Music Network
Seamus Crimmins, Music Adviser, Arts Council
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Armstrong, Director Defence Forces School of Music
Angela Dorgan, CEO, First Music Contact
Brian Fleming, Percussionist, Traditional and Community Musician

2013 Stream 2 Awards

Available Award Funds: €60,950.00*

Sharon Rollston, CEO, Music Network
Seamus Crimmins, Music Adviser, Arts Council
Julie Feeney, Musician and Composer
Dr. Desmond Wilkinson, Traditional Musician and Ethnomusicologist
Matthew Nolan, Musician, Programme Director of Note Productions and Curator of WIRED, Kilkenny Arts Festival

*The original published award fund for Stream 1 and 2 was €118,500 and €60,000 respectively. However this was subsequently increased due to an underspend of €2,800 by a 2012 awardee, which was reallocated to the 2013 funds.

Results of Music Capital Scheme 2013

A total of €181,300 in funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has been awarded to twelve individual musicians and nineteen performing groups.

Funding was awarded across the not-for-profit and community music sector through Stream 1, providing community and music groups with funding. Nineteen of the thirty-five eligible applicants were awarded a total of €120,350 for the purchase of musical instruments. The
awardees are:

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

Aspiro Choir – €1,344.00
Blanchardstown Brass Band – €7,500.00
Bloco Garman – €1,629.46
Carlow Regional Youth Service – €2,740.50
Clontibret Pipe Band – €9,842.70
Corduff Pipe Band – €6,486.03
Cork Youth Orchestra Ltd – €12,486.00
Danescastle Music Group – €8,828.95
Divine Mercy SNS Balgady, Lucan – €4,585.00
Donegal Music Education Partnership – € 10,434.00
Finglas Concert and Marching Band – €3,307.50
Historical Harp Society of Ireland – €7,574.51
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Ltd – €4,500.00
MaSamba Samba School – €2,416.60
Meath Youth Federation – €2,963.00
Na Piobairi Uilleann – €14,625.00
Raphoe Pipe Band – €11,753.44
Redemptorist Centre of Music – €6,081.95
Splanc – Dingle Carnival Band – €1,251.36

In Stream 2, funds of €60,950.00 were awarded to twelve highly skilled musicians performing at professional level, to assist with the purchase of instruments. The twelve awardees were chosen from twenty-eight eligible applicants. The awardees are:

Stream 2 Awardees: Individual Instruments for professional musicians

Adam McDonagh – Grand Piano – €9,500.00
Christine Kenny – Violin – €3,047.5
Danny Diamond – Violin bow – €1,520.00
David Kenny – Viola – €4,968.50
Eoghan Johnston – Guitar – €1,757.50
Francesco Turrisi – Clavisimbalum – €8,033.20
Joanne Quigley – Violin – €14,250
Mark Redmond – Uilleann pipes – €5,225.00
Nathan Sherman – Viola bow – €1,235.00
Patrick Joseph Rafter – Violin – €9,500.00
Paul Roe – Clarinets case – €769.50
Wolodymyr Smishkewych – Sinfonia (medieval Hurdy-Gurdy) – €1,143.80

The details of the scheme are also available on the Music Network website.

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