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Assisted Purchase Scheme

  • Buy a musical instrument for your child WITHOUT paying VAT!
  • You can save potentially hundreds of pounds on a new instrument!
  • Available throughout England and Wales
  • The scheme is run with the full approval of H.M. Customs & Excise

There is a scheme called the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme which allows students* to buy instruments without having to pay United Kingdom V.A.T. (20%). This means that when buying an instrument for £1500 you could save £250 on the purchase price.

How it works

  1. Having chosen the instrument you wish to buy from our large range and with the benefit of expert advice, you can ask your child's LEA (Local Education Authority), school or Music Centre to order it on your behalf.
  2. The school/Music Centre will then issue an official order to Windblowers and we will either dispatch the instrument to your child's school/Music Centre or arrange for it to be collected in person from the shop.
  3. Payment for the Ex VAT price will be made by you directly to the school/Music Centre. The LEA or school must sell the instrument to the student at or below cost, excluding VAT, though they may have an administration charge (this varies from one authority to another).
  4. Some LEAs issue a form that must be used when the order is placed to qualify for the scheme. These forms can be requested from the school/Music Centre. Other LEAs do not produce a dedicated form and the school/Music Centre can simply issue its own official order to us stating the instrument you require.

What next?

Call us on 0115 941 0543 or pop into our shop. We can then help you choose the right instrument for your child. If you have any questions about the AIPS scheme, contact us and we will be pleased to help you.

Common Questions

What happens once I have selected an instrument?

Once you have chosen an instrument from our large selection, we will reserve it whilst authorisation is being sort from your school/LEA.

Guarantee for instruments bought through AIPS

Although the instrument is purchased by the School/Music Centre, we retain all the purchase and serial number details in the unlikely event you need guarantee work undertaking.

Insurance of your new instrument

We strongly recommend you arrange suitable insurance cover against loss and damage to your new instrument. We are happy to supply information regarding comprehensive annual insurance though Allianz Musical Instrument Insurance.

*The Small Print

Although open only to LEAs and LEA maintained schools, AIPS itself is a purely voluntary scheme which different local authorities are free to operate in different ways. We recommend you discuss purchasing an instrument through AIPS with the school, Music Service or LEA in advance.

To comply with H.M. Customs & Excise regulations the following requirements must be met:

  • The student must be in full time education at an LEA school and/or receiving music tuition at an LEA funded Music Centre.
  • The instrument must be appropriate for the student's needs and must be portable.
  • The sale transaction must take place on educational premises.
  • For students who receive regular tuition from the LEA's music service there is not usually a requirement for him/her to be a pupil at an LEA school. This may enable pupils at independent schools who receive tuition through a County Music Service to take advantage of musical instrument purchase under AIPS.
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