The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education, helping them to be successful students, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.
“I’m finally going to be able to have my own instrument checked out to me that I don’t have to share for the first time. No matter how hard I tried, my old instrument would not play in tune. We perform very difficult music and it was hard to hear how I was supposed to sound and not be able to physically do it. My new instrument will make performing music even more enjoyable. I will also be able to spend more time practicing what I love since my instrument will not need to be repaired all the time. Thank you for making my high school music experience one to remember!”
– Mario, Band Captain at South Miami Sr. High School, Miami FL
We make sure that students from low-income circumstances, whose parents can’t afford to rent or buy an instrument for their children, are given an opportunity to play music in school. By giving schools the instruments they need, all children will have access to music education and the joy of learning to play an instrument. In 20 years, our wonderful donors have enabled us to give instruments to 1,441 schools across the country.