The Government is to allocate €200,000 for the Music Capital Scheme and for National Music Day 2013. 

 €185,000 will be allocated to The Music Capital Scheme which provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional performing artists. The scheme will open for applications from the beginning of September. 

Love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day, celebrates the value of music, through free live music events, in communities across the country on June 21 each year.  In 2012, Love:live music almost doubled in size compared to the 2011 event with  over 300 free live music events and an estimated 45,000 people taking part.

Both of these schemes are managed by Music Network.