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Take it away

  • Date: 1 April 2011
  • Artform: Music
  • Area: National
girl playing a cartoon piano Take it away, 2009, photo: Jo Metson-Scott. Design and illustration: MARC&ANNA

Take it away is an Arts Council initiative designed to help more young people get involved in learning and playing music.

The scheme allows young people, aged between 18 and 25, 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.

Our priorities are:

  • to encourage young people to develop their interests and skills in music making
  • to inspire new players, aged between 18 and 25, to begin learning an instrument
  • to enable those on lower incomes to acquire an instrument appropriate to their needs

Take it away launched in 2007, and so far over 55,000 people have used the scheme to purchase over £37million worth of musical instruments and accessories through 325 participating shops across the country.