Take It Away

Take it away is operated by Creative United, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, and funded by Arts Council England.

Our aims are to increase access to buying musical instruments and equipment, whilst also supporting specialist music shops to remain an essential part of local music services across the country.

Since 2007, we have helped over 90,000 people access musical instruments worth more than £63 million. The scheme is made possible with the support of Arts Council England and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Help us shape the future of accessible music making by completing the relevant surveys on our website.

How accessible is music making for disabled people, and in particular disabled children? The current National Plan for Music Education aims for “equality of opportunity for all pupils, regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked after children.”

How well are these objectives currently being met, and what can we do together to make music more accessible for all?

Conducted by Creative United, in partnership with OHMI, Drake Music, OpenUp Music and Youth Music, this major research project aims to capture a detailed picture of the experiences of disabled people regarding music making. The findings will be made publicly available on the Creative United website and shared with educators, funders, and policymakers across the UK to inform the planning of future projects and investment.

Help us shape the future of accessible music making. Tell us how it is. Tell us what is needed next. We’re listening.

Please visit the Take It Away website to fill in the survey.