The Musical Instruments for Professional and Non-professional Performing Groups Programme has been designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments by groups involved in the performance of music in Northern Ireland and to respond to a broad range of capital needs within the sector. Grants of up to £30,000 are available through the scheme.
Priority will be given to applications which can clearly demonstrate:
- a commitment to training / tuition / education and performance
- a commitment to artistic development
- an ability to increase access to music provision in rural areas
The scheme is open to a range of professional and non-professional performing groups. These include, choirs and orchestras, community music groups, musical societies, primary and post primary schools and youth groups. Full details of eligibility can be found within the programme guidance notes.
Gilly Campbell, joint Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:
“With much appreciated capital investment from the Department for Communities, the Arts Council is delighted to reopen the Musical Instruments for Professional and Non-professional Performing Groups Programme.
“This particular strand of the wider Musical Instruments Programme is open to a broad range of clubs, societies and groups which regularly come together to practice and perform music. Through this programme we wish to support quality music making in communities across Northern Ireland, at every stage of learning and playing, from those groups supporting players just starting out and learning a new instrument, right through to those performing at a professional level.”
Applications to the Musical Instruments for Professional and Non-professional Performing Groups Programme are now open on the Arts Council website and will close at 12 noon on Monday 2nd October. Full guidance notes, including details of eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at Musical Instruments for professional and… | Arts Council NI (artscouncil-ni.org)