The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme enables pupils at LEA schools to purchase instruments without paying VAT. Thus parents will only pay the discounted Ex-Vat prices quoted on this site.

How does AIPS work?

Once the parent/pupil has chosen an instrument, the school should place a formal order with us as normal. The parent then pays the ex-VAT price to the school (usually when the school places the order). Our invoice includes VAT which the school reclaims in the normal way.

What are the rules?

Customs & Excise have laid down rules to ensure the scheme is not abused

  • The student must be in full time education at a Local Authority School.
  • The student must be receiving music tuition at the school.
  • The instrument must be appropriate for the pupils needs.
  • The instrument must be portable.
  • The instrument must be handed over from school to pupil in a designated teaching room.
  • The instrument must be charged to the pupil/pupil's parents at or below the school's (ex.vat) cost.

East Coast WInd AIPS+ Scheme

Our AIPS+ Scheme offers additional – free of charge – benefits:

  • Free delivery
  • A free of charge instrument inspection at 12 months – including small adjustments and repairs
  • Pre-delivery inspection, test and set-up