The Art Council’s Take It Away scheme went live last July, giving musicians a chance to buy instruments with the help of an interest-free loan. And the impressive numbers of UK musicians who’ve taken them up on the offer are just in.
Anyone over 18 can apply for a loan of up to £2000 for musical instruments, and pay that back in nine monthly instalments, paying just a 10% deposit upfront.
The option is open to buy any instrument you want, as well as sheet music, stools, extra equipment and even sometimes tuition. You can find a list of participating stores online, most of which are independent music stores which, incidentally, also benefit from the offer, with over half the stores involved having increased sales of £1000 or more.
So far over £5.4m of instruments have been bought through the scheme, by 8000 people, 14% of whom bought percussion – meaning we can look forward to a slew of great new drumming talent in the years to come thanks to the scheme.
Margaret Hodge, Minister for the Arts, says: “Playing music can have a really positive impact on people’s lives, especially young people, helping to build confidence, develop creativity and most of all sheer pleasure.”
For more information on the Take It Away scheme visit the website, which features a list of participating stores, clips of musicians playing the instruments they’ve bought through the scheme, an events page and an address for you to email feedback to if you’ve been helped by the scheme.