08 March, 2018 - Grants for Organisations delivering Non-Mainstream Music Education - Minister Bruton

Minister Bruton invites applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2018

€100,000 in grants for community music initiatives

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. today invited applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2018.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide support by way of a cash grant, to established, smaller-scale, non-mainstream music education/community music initiatives with limited or no access to other forms of public funding. Grants can be used to purchase instruments, other equipment and tuition. Grants are not intended for use on capital expenditure such as structural or building costs. The total budget available in 2018 is €100,000.

Minister Richard Bruton said, “We’ve seen a big focus on the Creative Arts across the whole of Government over the past year. It is so important to nurture and encourage creativity in our young people, both for their own personal development but also to prepare them to flourish later in life in a modern economy. In my area, in education, the Creative Schools initiative has recently been launched which separately, but directly, supports schools to integrate arts and creativity.

“Today’s announcement is another initiative we are supporting to ensure that we are nurturing and encouraging creative and talented young musicians. I hope that this initiative will continue to help to further shape the landscape of music education in Ireland and provide support and encouragement for future talent.”

Interested parties can find the application form on the Department’s website at the following Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme - Applications will be considered by the Committee for Non-Mainstream Department of Education and Skills funded Music Education. 

Notes for Editors

An application form is available on the Department’s website at the following link -

Please download and ‘save as’ the application form to your own computer, type and complete all of the sections. Applications must be submitted as an attachment by email only to the following email address - nmmebs2018@education.gov.ie.

Closing date for applications for 2018 is Friday 23rd March 2018.

Criteria for selection of Applications

Applications will be considered from organisations/groups that display the following:

  • A well-established track record in music education provision.
  • Service provision in the area of non-mainstream music education/community music.
  • Delivery of non-mainstream music education for young people aged 18 years and younger.
  • Strong learning outcomes for participants.

Preference will be given to those organisations/groups who can demonstrate that they cater for socio-economically disadvantaged groups.

Our selection of proposals will also be informed by a desire for:

  • Geographic national spread, where possible.
  • A range of music genres.
  • A balance of practical and theoretical approaches.

Lower priority/ineligible groups

  • Schools and other educational institutes will not be eligible to apply.
  • Funding will only be provided for non-mainstream music education initiatives outside of school and school curriculum.
  • Music Education Partnerships in receipt of Music Generation funding at time of application are not eligible to apply.
  • For-profit companies are not eligible to apply.
  • Individual minors under the age of 18 are not eligible to apply.
  • Professional performing groups are not eligible to apply.