Loan scheme will hit the right note for young musicians

IN TUNE Dave Courtney
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CONCERNS over cost are preventing parents from encouraging their children’s interest in music, says research from Arts Council England’s Take it Away scheme, which offers interest-free loans for the purchase of musical instruments.

Almost a third of parents say their children don’t play a musical instrument because the family finances won’t allow it.

The Take it Away scheme is open to parents purchasing an instrument for their child, as well as 18 to 25-year-olds who can apply in their own right. It allows people to apply for an interest-free loan between £100 and £5,000 for the purchase of any kind of instrument and spread the cost over nine or 18 monthly repayments with a 10 per cent deposit. Musicroom Portsmouth is an official Take it Away retailer. The look of relief on parents’ faces when you tell them about Take it Away says it all.

All parents want to encourage their children as much as they can and this scheme allows them to buy the instrument that will help them both enjoy playing and also develop their skills.

We love being a part of a something that helps make the joy of music so accessible and we’ve sold several instruments through the scheme.

Musicroom is the UK’s largest music retailer and sells a great range of sheet music, tuition books, accessories and instruments including guitars, pianos, keyboards and the increasingly popular ukuleles.

Take it Away also works in conjunction with Music for All in offering the annual Learn To Play Day which sees music stores nation-wide open their doors to offer free taster music lessons.

See takeitaway.org.uk or call 0845 300 6200.