02 April, 2019 - Minister McHugh invites applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019

€100,000 in grants for non-mainstream community music initiatives


The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today invited applications for grants under the established Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2019.

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 2019 is €100,000.

Minister McHugh said: “We’ve seen a big focus on the Creativity and the Arts across the whole of Government over the last number of years. 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. Work across the Creative Ireland programme has been key to this. 

“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 link: https://www.education.ie/en/Learners/Services/Non-Mainstream-Music-Education-Bursary-Scheme/Non-Mainstream-Music-Education-Bursary-Scheme.html. 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: https://www.education.ie/en/Learners/Services/Non-Mainstream-Music-Education-Bursary-Scheme/Non-Mainstream-Music-Education-Bursary-Scheme.html

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: nmmebs@education.gov.ie.

Closing date for applications for 2019 is Friday 26 April 2019.


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 (2+ years).
  • 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 that can demonstrate that they cater for socio-economically disadvantaged groups. Preference may also be given to organisations/groups that are eligible and may not have received funding from this initiative previously.

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

  • For-profit companies are not eligible to apply.
  • 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.
  • Individual minors under the age of 18 are not eligible to apply.
  • Professional performing groups are not eligible to apply.