Take it away
With interest-free loans for musical instruments, equipment and software, we give music-makers the backing they need
Guide to Buying Adaptive Musical Instruments
Our guide to over 80 musical instruments and products, many specifically designed to make learning and playing instruments of all kinds as accessible as possible for disabled players, is now available.
Music enriches lives, bringing people and communities together.
Together with the Music Industries Association and other partners working across the sector, we’re making sure music maintains and grows its place in the community
Take it away is a membership scheme for music retailers
Over 90,000 Take it away customers have purchased more than £64 million worth of instruments from our retailers
What we do
With interest-free loans for musical instruments, equipment and software, we help to support musicians at every level. As well as helping people become better musicians, we work with our retail partners to become stronger businesses.
Find your local music shop
Take it away is available in over 130 shops in England and Northern Ireland, most of which also sell online. Find your nearest one store.
Become a member retailer
We work with our retail partners to become stronger businesses. By investing our Arts Council grants in subsidised service charges, funding point-of-sale materials and supporting marketing campaigns, we help our retailers secure and build their place on the High Street.
We update this page monthly with the latest opportunities and deadlines for creative grants that will help you on your musical journey. Here's what caught our eye in January.
Orange Learn, part of Orange Amplification, has launched a brand new collection of study books for students looking for an alternate way to learn to play rock guitar. This original series of new books provides everything needed to take accredited rock guitar exams, from debut through to Grade 8.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music has published its latest report, Learning, Playing and Teaching in the UK: ABRSM Making Music 2021. The report has some interesting findings and shows that a real shift in music learning has taken place.
Shopping online for the music maker in your life this Christmas? We’ve picked out some special online offers and highlights from our network of over 130 retailers – all of them run the Take it away scheme and many of…
With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, we looked into some music-based activities to inspire, amaze and motivate young musicians. Introducing the magical world of music museums!
All over the UK, there are buildings full of the history of local…
Take it away is run by Creative United with support from Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Each year, we produce an Annual Impact Report which demonstrates what we have achieved. We have picked out some of the highlights about Take it away's success in 2020-21.
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