Funding: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Musical Instruments Scheme

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have announced the details of their Musical Instruments Scheme which will open the week beginning 4 November 2019. Through capital investment from the Department of Communities, there will be three funding programmes available for marching bands, non-professional and professional performing groups, community groups, professional musicians and schools that may be eligible to apply to purchase instruments and music-making equipment.

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Programme one: Musical Instruments for Bands
This existing fund will be ring-fenced and grants of between £500 and £10,000 will be available. This funding is designed to help marching bands replace worn –out instruments and purchase new ones. It is open to bands based in Northern Ireland, which are constituted, including accordion, brass, concert, flute, pipe and wind bands

Programme two: Professional and Non-Professional Performing Groups
Grants of between £500 and £30,000 will be available. This strand is open to schools and to professional and non-professional performing groups in any genre of music, including community, youth and resource organisations. All organisations must be constituted and instruments applied for must be used for rehearsal, tuition and performance. Instruments must be owned by a constituted group which operates as not-for-profit, that is, a voluntary or charitable body with its own separate bank account.

Programme three: Individual Professional Performing Musicians
Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available. This strand is designed to provide support for highly-skilled performing musicians based in Northern Ireland, working at a professional level, who seek support for the purchase of high quality instruments that are central to their performing career.

Please note the three funding programmes in the Musical Instruments Scheme are scheduled to open in week commencing 4 November 2019. Please visit www.artscouncil-ni.org for more information.