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Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS)

Westmount Music is pleased to offer instruments with VAT discount to students attending LEA schools and music centres. The VAT-free Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) run by many LEA-maintained schools and music centres allows students to buy new musical instruments minus VAT.

This is because these organisations are allowed to reclaim VAT on many of their purchases. If your school or music centre takes part in the VAT-free scheme, you may request them to buy an instrument on your behalf. You then pay the school the ex-VAT price, normally with the addition of a small administrative charge. (please see Government Guidelines below for further details).

The AIPS process is easy: First, check with your School or Music Centre that they operate the 'Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme'. Browse our online shop and email or telephone us to reserve an instrument. Obtain the necessary form from your School/Music Centre - if they do not have a form you can download a copy of our Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme form Here which you can print off (Requires Adobe Acrobat).

Complete your details on the form and the choice of musical instrument. Please note that the form contains provision for an 'Administrative Charge' so you will need to check with your School/Music Centre to establish if they make such a charge. After completing your details and instrument choice, you need to pass the form along with your payment (Ex VAT) to the School/Music Centre for them to complete their details and send the form to us as an official order.

The instrument will then be dispatched to the School/Music Centre at no extra charge. Finally, you collect your chosen instrument from your School/Music Centre. Conditions There are certain conditions which the school and students must comply with in order to take part in the scheme, namely: The student must attend an LEA-maintained school and receive regular (weekly) tuition on the instrument through services provided by the LEA.

The instrument must be portable (drum kits and pianos are not permitted) and appropriate to the needs and ability of the student. The school must place the order for the instrument, take delivery, and receive the invoice (in order to recover the VAT); the student cannot order the instrument directly from the supplier.

The hand-over of the instrument must take place on school premises in a room normally used for teaching. Please note the above is only a guide based on our understanding of how the AIPS generally operates. Each music service (or LEA) will have its own method of implementing the scheme structured around its internal procedures, so please consult your music teacher who will know how the scheme works locally.

Recommended Student Link: First Tutors: Music Find music teachers for private music lessons in your area whether you want to learn the piano, play the guitar or practice singing. Further information and guidelines on AIPS can be found below: Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme - Government Guidelines

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