Apply for a Grant
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation receives more than 1,000 applications each year. Although we would like to help all who apply, our resources are limited and the process is very competitive. Music programs serving low-income communities, programs with little or no budget for musical instruments and music programs that serve the most students out of the school population are considered before all others. We encourage you to seek funding from several sources in your community.
How to apply
Applications are made available by invitation only. If your school music program meets the criteria below, you may submit the Pre-Qualification form to be considered to submit a full application. Because of the large number of schools requesting assistance, your school may be placed on a wait list for several months before review and notification.
The grant cycle is now closed. Please check back Spring 2014 for next year's grant cycle information.
Schools affected by Superstorm Sandy and Oklahoma Tornadoes
Thanks to generous funding from Music Rising, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation is offering assistance to school music programs to replace musical instruments that were lost and/or damaged from the storms. If your school has determined that your music program will not receive assistance to replace musical instruments through the school's insurance policy or FEMA we encourage you to apply. To start the process click here.
The Michael Kamen Grant Guidelines:
- Public, private and charter schools may apply, however, schools must serve a population of at least 65% that participate in the National Lunch Program. Private schools that do not participate in the National Lunch Program must serve a minimum of 65% of students that attend at no cost due to low income status.
- Schools must have an established instrumental music program (i.e. concert band, marching band, jazz band and/or orchestra) that takes place during the regular school day. If your school offers Orff/classroom music only, it is NOT eligible to apply.
- Requested instruments must compliment the existing instrumental music program that is at least three years old.
- Schools must have an existing inventory of instruments.
- Schools must apply separately (please provide information for the applying school only, do not include information for other schools within the district even if the music teacher teaches at more than one school).
- Teachers that teach at more than one school within the school district can only apply for one school per grant cycle.
- Full or partial requests may be awarded consisting of new and/or refurbished instruments.
- Previously awarded schools must wait five years before reapplying.
Our program funds instrument repair and the acquisition of new instruments. We DO NOT give cash grants. Other exclusions are:
- Programs outside the United States
- Teacher salaries or music lessons
- Programs outside of our guidelines
- Events, concerts, festivals
- Summer camps