With interest-free loans for musical instruments, equipment and software, we help to support musicians at every level.

You can buy an instrument using the loan scheme at one of over 120 music shops across England and Northern Ireland. If your local store doesn't offer Take it away, let us know and we can contact them or offer an alternative.

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Whether you are a professional musician or just starting out, making music can be tough financially. The cost of instruments and private lessons mean some people never discover the joy of learning and playing music. For disabled musicians who need adapted instruments, the problems can be particularly challenging.

At Take it away, we work with our retail partners, Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to break down these barriers. A part of Creative United, a community interest company that drives economic growth and social impact in the arts and creative industries, we provide a range of subsidised and non-subsidised loans. These 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.

Credit is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance.

Young musicians playing the drums piano and flute with teachers

Who is Take it away run by?

  • Take it away is operated by Creative United, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.
  • Creative United is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation
  • Creative United provides a range of financial products and services designed to enable the growth and development of the UK’s cultural and creative industries.
  • Our mission is to build a sustainable and resilient creative economy, making the arts accessible for all.
  • The communities that we serve include creative businesses (including individual artists and creative practitioners), charitable and social enterprises, and other organisations operating within the wider arts and creative industries.

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