Do you want to play?

Take it away is an Arts Council initiative designed to help more people get involved in learning and playing music.
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 (over the age of 18),
but primarily designed to help those who might otherwise be unable to afford an instrument appropriate for their needs.

Our priorities are:

•to encourage children and young people to develop their interests and skills in music making
•to inspire new players of all ages to begin learning an instrument
•to enable those on lower incomes to acquire an instrument appropriate to their needs (or the needs of their children)

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.

How do I Take it away?

First, visit a participating store and find an instrument that you want to buy.
If you don't know what you're looking for, staff in the store will be able to advise you.

Once you've made your decision, you can apply for a Take it away loan to finance your purchase.
You will need to bring a credit or debit card with you in order to pay the 10% deposit.
The application process takes no more than a few minutes and, if approved,
you can take your purchase away with you there and then.

To apply for a loan you need to be:

•18 years old or over*
•A permanent UK resident 

•Hold a bank or building society account capable of handling direct debit payments
* if you are under 18, your parent or guardian can apply for a Take it away loan on your behalf.
Loans are subject to status. Terms and conditions apply.

Available in Leeds Store Only.

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,