The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.

We believe that kids thrive when given the chance to learn and play music. Putting an instrument into their hands improves the quality of their education and their lives. The window is brief and all kids deserve a chance to play music in school!

“This grant will make an enormous difference for our students! Because of this grant, for the first time in the four years I have taught here every student will have a good quality instrument. These students have been using instruments that are decades old and held together with tape. Band class is the perfect place to learn about working as a team where no one sits on a bench. Every child is a part of the art that we create. Now, thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, we are able to create art with the right materials! Thank you for helping our children grow and learn!" Sarah Ludwig Bishton, Band Teacher, West Pender Middle School, Burgaw NC

Need musical instruments?

Our grant cycle is now open through March 20th. Learn more about our grant application process here and submit your pre-qualification form today!

The Foundation in Action

  • Here's a list of this year's awarded schools!
  • Commitment to Music Education - these districts are pledging to keep music alive in their schools.
  • Read how lives are touched every day through playing music.
  • Watch this video. See how music - and the instruments that you help put in the hands of our youth - actually save lives and keep students in school.


  • Catch up here with events and news about our work and where instruments are going.
  • Read our Fall Newsletter.

Stay Connected

Join our email list to receive occasional updates, photos and stories about the joy and fulfillment you bring to students across the country.

Donate an Instrument

Donate gently used band and orchestral instruments. Find out how.

Double Your Donation

Click here to see if your employer will match your donation.

Invite Friends to Donate

Raise funds through your own event or special occasion. Find out how.
© 2015 The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy    |    Terms of Use    |    Sitemap