Community centre for music and arts receives €10,185

By Aideen O'Flaherty

St Agnes' Community Centre for Music and the Arts in Crumlin has received a funding boost after being awarded €10,185 from the government’s Music Capital Scheme.

Established in 2008, the Music Capital Scheme is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and managed by Music Network.

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St Agnes Community Centre received €10,185 in funding

The Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments in two discrete categories of support, to both non-professional performing groups and individual professional performing musicians.

Commenting on the initiative, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, said: “I am delighted to have provided support to The Music Capital Scheme this year.

“It is important to enable musicians [to] develop their craft and by helping them to buy their instruments we are ensuring they continue to grow and develop their skills.

“This scheme supports a very wide range of musicians including youth bands, ensembles, orchestras, community initiatives and resource organisations in every corner of the State.”

This year, a total of €162,500 was awarded to non-professional groups around the country for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment across a wide range of genres, while funds of €85,700 were awarded to 21 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level.

Music Network’s CEO, Sharon Rollston, said: “The Music Capital Scheme was established in 2008 and 413 awards have been made to date.

“Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music accessible to communities throughout Ireland, as well as to support musicians to excel in the performance and creation of music.

“The range of instruments provided through the scheme continues to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music making and live music performance across Ireland.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in funding this valuable scheme.”

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