Take it away, an initiative from the Arts Council that aims to make musical instruments and tuition more affordable for aspiring musicians, especially younger people and those on lower incomes, has recently been launched across England.
The scheme allows individuals to apply for a loan of between £100 and £5,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument completely interest free. The Take it away loans are available through a network of musical instrument retailers across England. All instruments are included in the scheme and, to help musical development and manage costs, equipment and services such as amplifiers, sheet music and tuition can be included within the loan where available. It is also possible to use the scheme via mail order, so this might be an option for you if you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or if there isn’t a participating retailer in your area.
The scheme is only open to individuals so schools or organisations cannot use it for multiple purchases.
Applications can be made at any time. http://www.takeitaway.org.uk/