Instrument Hire Scheme

We want to make instruments accessible to children and young people in a way that supports their participation and progression.

Instruments can be hired to pupils and schools who are receiving tuition from an Associate Provider.  The scheme is administered on behalf of Wiltshire Music Connect by The Learning Resources Hub (LRH) within Wiltshire Council. An Expert Group of stakeholders, supported by Wiltshire Music Connect, oversees its development and helps make decisions about the scheme.

Key points

  • We can support pupils needing help with the cost of instrument hire (see below)
  • Instruments have to be requested by families.  Guidance on how to do this can be found below
  • The instruments we can provide are serviceable and suitable for young musicians; they are not all brand new, shiny and pristine. There are other places you can hire brand new instruments, but they cost a lot more!
  • We need those who use the scheme to support the ‘spirit’ in which it is being run and to try to help it run as smoothly as possible.
  • Instrument Sets can also be hired by Primary Schools delivering First Access. These instruments cannot be taken home by pupils. Details are here.

Details for academic year 22-23

In preparation for academic year 22-23, and in order to boost take-up of tuition, we have adjusted the scheme to allow for early starters in May / June / July 2022 – the process for this will follow the old request system whereby Associates submit the hire requests and they have the details of how to do this.

For new hires commencing September 2022 onwards, a new request system is in place.  Guidance on how to make a new request can be found here.  For those who already hire an instrument, you will be contacted separately about how to transfer onto the new system.

The scheme continues to concentrate on instruments for pupils of our Associates. Prices will remain highly competitive and remissions for those needing support will continue.

  • 100% reduction for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (inc. those entitled to Free School Meals)
  • 100% reduction for pupils with Special Education Needs and/or a Disability.
  • 100% reduction in fees for pupils who are Looked After/In Care (LAC).
  • 50% reduction for pupils who schools classify as vulnerable for other reasons and who are unlikely to be able to take up (or continue) lessons as a result of economic or social circumstances. This is at the school’s discretion.

These subsidies will be applied automatically, providing the Associate indicates requirement when they request the instrument.

How to look after… guides 

Any queries about current hires or requests?

Any queries that relate specifically to current hired instruments and / or the administration of the scheme should contact the Learning Resources Hub at:

WSLRInstrumentLoans@wiltshire.gov.uk