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Take It Away

Published: Mon July 07, 2008  News Feed

Take It Away

Do you want to play?

Take it away is an Arts Council initiative designed to encourage young people to continue and develop their involvement in music beyond school and into adulthood. The scheme allows individuals to apply for a loan of up to £2,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, and pay it back in nine monthly instalments, completely interest free.

Take it away is open to everyone between the ages of 18-25, but primarily designed to help those who might otherwise be unable to afford an instrument appropriate for their needs.

Our priorities are:

  • to encourage young people to continue and devlop their involvement in music
  • to enable those on lower incomes to acquire an instrument appropriate to their needs

What can I buy?

You can use Take it away to finance the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, whether new or reconditioned, from a tabla to a tenor horn, a bass guitar to a berimbau. You can also include music stands, stools, sheet music, amplifiers, equipment and sometimes tuition as part of your loan.

Recorded music, PA systems and computer hardware are not eligible to purchase under the scheme, however, you can check out hundreds of products in the following categories:

The following associated goods and services may be included as part of the loan, provided that these items are purchased at the same time as the instrument itself and can be supplied by us at the point of sale.

  • Drum heads
  • Drum sticks/ brushes
  • Effects pedals
  • Instrument amplifiers
  • Instrument cases
  • Instrument cleaning materials
  • Leads
  • Metronomes
  • Mouthpieces
  • Music/instrument stands
  • Mutes
  • Plectrums
  • Reeds
  • Rosin
  • Sheet music
  • Shoulder rests
  • Silencers
  • Stools
  • Straps
  • Strings
  • Tuition Books & DVDs
  • Tuners

The following items cannot be bought using the loan:

  • Non tuition CDs and DVDs
  • Non tuition music books
  • Concert tickets
  • Microphones
  • Recording equipment
  • PA systems


How do I Take it away?

Our finance partners at Pay4Later can determine eligibility on checkout, follow the options for Take It Away if presented.

Alternatively contact our sales team on the number above and we'd be happy to help you with your application.

To apply for a loan you need to be:

  • 18-25 years of age
  • permanent UK resident
  • Hold a bank or building society account capable of handling direct debit payments

How much can I borrow?

Loans are available up to £2,000, or as little as £100. The loan amount can be a part-payment towards an item that costs more than £2,000, or you can buy several lower value items with a combined value of up to £2,000 or more.

You will need to pay a minimum 10% of the loan amount at the point of sale. The rest is then paid back over nine months in equal instalments. There is no administrative charge or handling fee when you take out the loan, so you will never be paying more for your purchase than the ticket price.

Typical 0% APR

Offer subject to age and status. Terms and conditions apply. Take it away is operated by ArtCo Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arts Council England and a limited liability company registered in England & Wales under No. 2758433. Registered address: Arts Council England, North East, Central Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3PJ

Take it away is only available instore.

 Music Industries AssociationArts Council EnglandTake It AwayDolphin Music


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