The MIA has been proud to work with Creative United to support the Take it away scheme since its inception 10 years ago. In that time, the scheme has helped over 80,000 people to be able to buy their instruments with loans totalling £60million.
‘Take it away’ had a great year in 2017, making musical instruments, equipment and software more accessible to children and young people.
Take it away is run by Creative United with support from Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Each year, they produce an Annual Impact Report which demonstrates what they have achieved.
You can read the full annual report document here and find out more about their other programmes: www.creativeunited.org.uk/resources/
In the meantime, here are some of the highlights of Take it away’s success in 2016/17 – their most recent full financial year:
“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, using Take it away
“My children have both benefited from this scheme, with one of them going on to study music at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.” – Jill has bought 2 flutes for her daughter, who is now studying music composition, and a guitar for her son using Take it away
“Take it away has enabled my son to continue to play French horn when the school French horn was taken back. Without Take it away, he would have had to give up. I think the scheme is invaluable for families who would like their children to learn musical instruments but who could not afford the capital cost of an instrument in one payment. Thank you.” – Mrs Sarah Mullen bought a French Horn for her son when he was 9 years old