Take it away helps music retailers to enable their customers to own their own instrument – or pay for tuition, equipment and software – with interest-free finance.

Originally launched as a national initiative in 2007, the Take it away scheme has to date supported more than 96,000 customers to purchase more than £71.5m worth of musical instruments.

Our services are designed to make learning, playing and participating in music more affordable and open to everyone. Together with our partners, we look to enable and inspire a life-long love of music, ensuring that musicianship is a key skill for the lift that everyone has the opportunity to develop.

In particular, the scheme provides an essential service for young people where the upfront cost of purchasing an instrument is a barrier, and for parents and guardians wanting to support their child’s interest in learning music.

Membership of the Take it away scheme is open to businesses located in England and Northern Ireland that specialise in the sale of musical instruments, equipment and related goods/services. Our members benefit from subsidised credit facilities, free marketing support and a range of other benefits that can help them diversify and grow their customer base.

Take it away is delivered by Creative United in partnership with Omni Capital Retail Finance. The scheme is supported by Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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New website in development...

We are currently working hard to develop a brand new Take it away website to accompany the re-brand. Once completed, this website will help users who face barriers to accessing music making, be they financial, physical, or otherwise, find the specific information they need.

In the meantime, click the button below to access our holding page where you can see more of our wonderful re-branding.

Take it away Holding Page

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Customers earning less than £25k a year


Purchases made for a young person under 18

When asked as part of our annual report, our surveyed retailers and customers said:

Take it away is important to retailers' business 0 %

Customers would use Take it away again 0 %

Customers were able to buy better quality instruments with the use of Take it away 0 %

“This has allowed me to buy a piccolo to add this to our local community band which I joined after buying it. I attend our fortnightly two hour practices and we have performed multiple times in the Highlands and Islands. It's been absolutely amazing and I love my piccolo. After a break of about 30 years of not playing - im back playing regularly. Thank you.”
(Just Flutes, Croydon)

  • Arts Council England
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Omni Capital Retail Finance