Take it away supports music retailers and musicians, with interest-free loans for musical instruments, equipment, software and tuition.
Since its launch in 2017, Take it away has assisted over 95,000 people to access musical instruments worth more than £70 million.
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.
"The Take it away scheme enabled me to purchase a piano for my daughter which just wouldn't have been possible. I am delighted that she is having so much enjoyment playing" Take it away Customer
Average loan value
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 would not have been able to make their purchase without the use of Take it away 0 %
"It is an important scheme supporting young musicians at a time when funding for performing arts is under huge pressure from cuts to education. Keep up the good work and do what you can to encourage schools to promote music education as a platform for learning a wide range of other transferable skills."
Hollywood Music Shop, Milton Keynes