How can we help purchase a new musical instrument?

If your child is learning with the Camden Music Service we can help you buy a new instrument. This is at a lower cost through our assisted purchase scheme.

The scheme allows you to buy the instrument without paying VAT. You can pay in 12 monthly interest free instalments.

You are allowed to do this if:

  • your child is in full-time education at a local education authority maintained school
  • your child is receiving tuition within the Music Service
  • the instrument is suitable for the child's needs
  • the instrument is 'portable' (so we can't sell you a piano)

What instruments are available?

See below instruments for beginner to intermediate players. The prices shown are guides only. We will confirm the exact cost with you before you go ahead with your order.

Instruments for beginner to intermediate players (PDF)

Advanced students, playing at grade 6 and above, may wish to seek advice from their tutor about a suitable instrument. If you write the details on the application form, we will see if we can buy it for you.

How do I apply for a musical instrument?

You can apply to the musical instrument assisted purchase scheme online making a note of the instrument you are interested in purchasing. This is from the list here or as recommended by the tutor.

Apply for an instrument online

Please read the following carefully

  • when we receive your application form we will contact you before sending a formal agreement.
  • the instrument will remain the property of the London Borough of Camden until the full amount has been paid.
  • you are responsible for insuring the instrument against loss or damage while it remains the property of the London Borough of Camden.
  • you will have to pay 10% of the cost of the instrument (up to a maximum of £30). You will have signed an agreement to pay the rest before you can take it away.

For any queries call us on 020 7974 7239.