Assisted Instrument  Purchase Scheme (AIPS)

Pupils receiving instrumental lessons at school can purchase new musical instruments through the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme at a discount including full VAT reclamation.  

In all cases the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • The pupil must be in full-time education
  • The pupil must be receiving tuition from a visiting instrumental teacher
  • The instrument must be appropriate to the pupil’s needs – e.g. a beginner may not purchase a Stradivarius violin!
  • The instrument must be handed over from the school to the pupil in a teaching room
  • The instrument must be charged to the pupil at or below cost  

Through this scheme it is possible to buy an instrument as an outright purchase from any local or national retailer. While considering your options it is recommended that you take into account the quality of the instrument and the quality of service (including the quality and convenience of after-sales service), as well as the price.  In all cases the first step is to talk to Luke Pickett  about the prospective purchase to identify the most appropriate instrument for the child.

To obtain the instrument from your chosen supplier the order must be placed by the school.  For brass instruments Luke Pickett often uses John Packer Ltd., a  well-respected instrument supplier in the south west.  You will need to contact the supplier to get a quote, which should exclude VAT, but include delivery.  The school will need to know the following information:

  • Instrument type
  • Instrument make
  • Instrument model

It is recommended that pupils visit the supplier prior to purchase to try out different instruments, as each make of instrument differs slightly; however the purchase still needs to be made through the school: you will not be able to take the instrument away from the supplier at this stage.

N.B. This must be organised through the school, in conjunction with Luke Pickett.  It will not be administrated through Wiltshire Music Connect.