The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is set to open a number of funding opportunities in the coming month as part of a Musical Instruments Scheme. Thanks to capital investment from the Department for Communities, three funding programmes will be opened in early November 2019 with a procurement process to be completed by early March 2020.
The scheme will be good news 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. The Musical Instruments scheme has been designed to increase the quality of music-making in Northern Ireland and to ensure as many groups and individuals as possible have an opportunity to purchase new instruments.
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.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:
“With much appreciated capital investment from the Department of Communities, the Arts Council is delighted to announce the Musical Instruments Scheme. It will offer bands, musical groups, schools and professional musicians the opportunity to buy new instruments.
We think there will be a high demand for these funding opportunities and we really want to alert organisations and artists to be ready to apply when the fund opens. Keep an eye open to the Arts Council’s website www.artscouncil-ni.org and get set! “
Please note the three funding programmes in the Musical Instruments Scheme are scheduled to open in week commencing November 4th 2019. Please visit www.artscouncil-ni.org for more information.