Hire or Purchase An Instrument
You can hire an instrument! Young players have a number of options for obtaining instruments. It is often best to hire an instrument in the initial stages rather than buy.
There are also several private companies that offer instrument hire at reasonable prices. Minimum hire periods vary from 1 month to 3 months depending on which company you choose.
Whilst we cannot recommend any particular company above another, the following are all worth looking at to see if they have something suitable for you:
John Packer www.johnpacker.co.uk
Musical Instrument Hire Co. www.musicalinstrumenthire.com
Ackerman Music https://www.ackermanmusic.co.uk/rentals/
Purchase an Instrument
Parents of children who attend state schools can use the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme.
The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme enables pupils at local authority schools to purchase instruments without paying VAT. As we all know, money is precious, which is why this is a great scheme that can really help parents access the instruments their children need and save money.
Does your child qualify for AIPS?
The rules are as follows:
The student must be in full time education at a Local Authority School
The student must be receiving music tuition at the school
The instrument must be appropriate for the pupils needs
The instrument must be used as part of their musical tuition
The instrument must be handed over from school to pupil in a designated teaching room
The instrument must be charged to the pupil/pupil’s parents at or below the schools (ex. VAT) cost
Contact your school for more information
If your school does not have its own application form for the scheme, most musical instrument retailers have a version on their websites.