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The Arts Council Assisted Take it Away scheme is a fantastic way to get your child the instrument they need without spending your money in a lump sum.


It is available on any instrument between £100 – £2000


To be eligible to apply for a Take it away loan, you must be:

  • EITHER an individual over 18 buying an instrument for a child under the age of 18
  • OR an individual aged 18-25 years using the scheme to buy an instrument for themselves (or someone else, e.g. as a gift)

​All applicants must also:

  • Be a permanent UK resident
  • Be working at least 16 hours per week
  • Hold a bank or building society account capable of handling direct debit payments

Applicants using the scheme to buy an instrument for an under 18 will be required to complete a customer declaration confirming that the recipient of the instrument is a child.

Unfortunately we are not able to support applicants aged 26 or over who are not using the scheme to purchase a musical instrument for an under 18.

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The range of musical instruments that you can buy with the scheme is vast – from guitars, keyboards and violins, to pianos, saxophones and banjos.

 Additional Items & Services

As well as buying your chosen musical instrument, you can also add on additional items to your Take it away loan to help ensure you have everything you need to get playing. You must purchase these items at the same time as your Take it away instrument though – it’s not possible to buy the items below using Take it away without including a musical instrument in the purchase.

The kind of items and services you may want to include in your Take it away loan are things like an instrument case, amplifier, strings, reeds, sheet music and delivery or set-up charges. If the shop where you’re using Take it away offers tuition, you could also add on a block of lessons to your loan.



There are a number of items which are not classified as ‘musical instruments’ under the terms of Take it away and so cannot be purchased with the scheme.

These are:

  • Pro-audio equipment (recording, mixing, sampling items)
  • PA systems
  • Computers or computer-based products
  • Microphones
  • Non-tuition CDs and DVDs
  • Concert tickets




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