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!

“I am overjoyed that the Torch Middle School Band Program was selected by the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to receive a grant for new instruments. The impact will be great. I will no longer have to repair instruments that are not worth repairing, enabling me to spend money where it is needed. When students are handed a new instrument their whole outlook on life changes, they start to feel that someone cares enough about them to let them use a brand new instrument. The students, school, and community seem to be walking a little taller, proud of their accomplishment and humbled at being awarded such a generous grant. With Music, we can move mountains. With Music, we can change hearts and minds. With Music, we can shape our own destiny and become what we dare to dream!"  Kris Almgren, music teacher, Torch Middle School, La Puente CA

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 Spring Newsletter.

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