Instrument Hire

Instrument Hire

Nottingham Music Service offers instrumental hire for individuals, schools and organisations in the city of Nottingham.


Individuals can hire an instrument if they live or study in Nottingham City and are between 5 to 19 years old. 

Cost: £12 per term / £30 per year (Concession: £6 per term / £15 per year)
For pupils who are attending an NMS ensemble, the hire is free of charge.

To request an instrument hire, please complete our request form via Registration - Nottingham Music Hub (


School instrumental hire is: £7.50 per year / £3 per term for each instrument

Schools who buy into NMS core provision receive 1 free class set of instruments (approx. 30) as part of the package. An additional class set of instruments is offered for schools who receive the year 5 continuation programme. We also offer a rental scheme of another class set of instruments at £110 per class set (around 50% discount).

If you are a school that would like to hire an instrument, please email

Community Groups/Organisations

You can hire any of the available instruments for the prices given below (cost is given per instrument):

£12 per term / £30 per year

Further discount may be available for not-for-profit groups and organisations hiring large numbers of instruments.

How to Pay

Instrumental hire charges are payable directly to Nottingham Music Service, which will invoice for the full amount at the beginning of the hire.

To pay for an individual instrument hire, please use the PayPal button below.

Hirer Name

School hires will be invoiced at the start of each academic year via email.

Please note that the prices are reviewed on an annual basis.

The charge covers wear and tear – but does not cover deliberate or accidental damage, or loss of the instrument. Instruments that have been damaged (either deliberately or accidentally), lost or stolen will be charged for, and a replacement will only be issued once the payment has cleared.

Additional accessories, such as reeds or strings, beyond those which come with the instrument initially, are not included.

Instrument Insurance

Hirers are asked to insure the instrument as soon as it is received. Please contact your insurance company to see if it is possible to add it to your policy. They may need details of the instrument, including make, serial number and replacement cost, as well as the address of Nottingham Music Hub. This information will be on your contract.

Instrument Care

It is important to look after your instruments - guidance is available on request from Nottingham Music Service on instrument care. As mentioned before, the hirer is responsible for the purchase of consumables (strings, reeds etc.) during the period of the hire.

Instrument Purchases

If you take part in a city ensemble and wish to purchase your own instrument, then you may be able to purchase one through the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme. This scheme enables parents/pupils to purchase instruments without having to pay the VAT. LA (Local Authority) maintained schools can make use of this scheme for their pupils. For more information about how the scheme works or for recommended suppliers, please email

Instrument Repairs

If you have an instrument on loan from us which needs servicing or repair you can bring it into our office at College Street and we will get it repaired for you. We will cover repair costs for wear and tear however, if the instrument has been damaged by the school or pupil using it, the school will be responsible for this cost. Email us at to ask for a repair form.

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