Making musical instruments more accessible.
At GAK, we believe that all students who are passionate about music should have access to high-quality musical instruments. That’s why we’re proud to offer the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS), a program that allows parents or guardians to purchase musical instruments for their children without paying VAT. With the AIPS, you can get a major discount on our top-notch music equipment, in addition to our very competitive prices.
How much can I save with the AIP Scheme?
To determine the Ex VAT cost of your musical instrument, simply divide the instrument’s total cost, inclusive of VAT, by 1.2. This will give you the instrument’s price without VAT, making it easier to budget and plan your purchase. The formula is as follows: Price of Instrument / 1.2 = Cost EX VAT
Is my child eligible for the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme?
To be eligible for the scheme, you must meet the following requirements as set by HM Customs & Excise:
- The pupil must be in full-time education at a Local Education Authority School
- The pupil must either be receiving tuition at the school as part of their curriculum or receiving private tuition in support of a curricular activity such as GCSE music
- The instrument must be appropriate for the pupil’s needs
- The instrument must be portable (e.g. no acoustic pianos, a portable stage piano is acceptable)
- The instrument must be purchased via the school and passed on to the pupil on the school/music centre premises
How can I purchase an instrument through AIPS?
If you are eligible for the scheme, simply contact [email protected] for a quote.
Can I buy an instrument through this program if my school or music centre is part of the Local Education Authority, but they do not currently participate in the scheme?
Yes, this scheme is legal, and any child fulfilling the criteria is eligible. Speak to your school or music centre about the scheme and contact [email protected] for a quote.
Is it possible for my child to qualify for the scheme if they do not attend a school under the Local Education Authority?
AIPS is a voluntary scheme, so different local authorities can operate in different ways. If your child attends an independent school yet receives regular additional tuition from an LEA Music Service that operates such a policy, they may be eligible if the conditions are followed as per the eligibility notes above.
How does the instrument guarantee work with the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme?
Although the instrument is purchased by your school or music centre, we retain all purchase and serial numbers in the unlikely event any work needs to be undertaken under the warranty.