The Assisted Purchase scheme

The aim of the scheme is to enable pupils learning an instrument through the Camden Music Service to purchase a new instrument at the very best price.

This scheme, approved by HM Customs & Excise, enables you to buy a new instrument without having to pay the VAT. To make iit even less painful, Camden offer a 12 monthly interest free instalment scheme. We can help you to set up a standing order with your bank.
There may be a very small administration charge on each assisted purchase.

To qualify for the scheme:

  • pupils must be in full-time education at a Local Authority maintained school (that includes free schools and academies)
  • pupils must be receiving tuition within the Music Service instrumental teaching scheme by a Music Service instrumental teacher
  • the instrument must be suitable for the child's needs (we suggest you ask your child's tutor for advice)
  • the instrument must be 'portable' (so for example pianos are exempt)

Applying to the scheme

If you would like us to purchase the instrument, you can contact us at [email protected]

If you would prefer to visit a specialist music shop (particularly sensible if purchasing a more advanced and expensive instrument) you'll be able to try different instruments and find one that you like:

  • check which shops have an agreement with Camden
  • tell the shop you intend to purchase under the Assisted Purchase Scheme
  • get full details about the instrument together with the price excluding VAT
  • ask for the name of someone we can contact at the shop together with address and telephone / fax numbers
  • we will then make the purchase for you
  • you will need to collect the instrument from the music service office
  • we usually send you full details on how to pay once you have collected the instrument

For further details please conact  Peter West at [email protected]   Tel 020 7974 7233


Please read the following carefully

On receipt of the 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 whilst it remains the property of the London Borough of Camden.