What did we achieve in 2016/17?

£4,168,150 Total value of loans

4,931 loans supported

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 2016/17 – our most recent full financial year. You can download the full document for more details and find out more about our other programmes.

Over the years we have consistently had feedback that Take it away loans have enabled customers to access instruments that they could not otherwise afford. By spreading the cost, they have been able to increase their budget and choose a better quality instrument. A better quality instrument has helped them progress more quickly in their playing.

The upfront cost of even a beginner level instrument can run to hundreds of pounds and it’s difficult for many people to find that money. Take it away helps reduce that barrier by providing an alternative payment method and allowing customers to spread the cost.

“Without the scheme we would not have been able to purchase an instrument for our child. This scheme has given her the opportunity to, not only learn an instrument, but also develop a love of music and make new friends.”
Eve Bridgeman bought an oboe for her daughter, aged 7

Take it away gives music retailers the ability to reach a wider customer base than they may otherwise achieve. The programme helps to break down perceived barriers around cost and can help give customers the confidence to walk through the door into a store.


of retailers said Take it away was important to their business


of customers would recommend Take it away