Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded school music programs across the country in an effort to give more students the many benefits of music education, help them achieve more in school and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. Hundreds of thousands of students have benefited and thousands of instruments have been donated to 1,362 school music programs across the country.
Oct 28, 2016

A Very Special Moment

        Every now and then, something special happens that validates your choices in life, your values and your passion. I want to thank you for choosing to support our work and make a real difference for children.

        On October 17, MHOF was thanked in a very public and special way for 20 years of keeping music alive for kids across the country. In receiving the National Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts, I stepped up to accept the honor from a young violinist who recently benefited from our work, Brianna, who attends school in the Bronx.

        In accepting the award, all I could think of was all of you - without you we wouldn’t be here doing the work you want us to do. Please take a moment to watch this wonderful video from the evening, and be proud of what you make possible.

Jul 22, 2016

The gift that keeps on giving

Banning HS students with their new instruments!
Banning HS students with their new instruments!

As you’re enjoying the summer months, know that we’re working diligently to make sure that more students will be able to join band in the Fall.

We just awarded over 1,000 instruments to 56 schools in 20 states. Click here to see the schools that will have new instruments for their kids to play on their first day back.

And remember that each instrument we give to a school remains there for many years, allowing generations of youngsters to benefit, just like Frank Rico’s students at Bell Gardens High School in Bell Gardens, CA. Frank had this to say a year after we donated 48 instruments to his music program:

"As a result of your donation, students are able to take instruments home and practice. This has never happened in my ten years as a teacher. As a result, our band program is growing not only in numbers, but we have the option of rehearsing more advanced band literature now that students have their own assigned instrument. It is a beautiful relief to see students more at ease due to not having to worry if they will have an instrument to check out. We are genuinely grateful for the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for what they provide to our students."

Your support means the world to so many kids. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Apr 20, 2016

Follow the sound...

          Meet Esteban, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High in Los Angeles. His story is just one of thousands of band kids who find their way through music.

          Our Spring newsletter is inspired by him and all the wonderful schools, students and donors who are part of our growing family.

Enjoy!



Staff out front - DeAnna Sanchez, Anne Hilbert, Felice Mancini, Doreen Ringer Ross (board co-vice chair), Tricia Steel, Natalia Hernandez and behind, Ed Shearmur, Scott Holtzman, Gabe Kosakoff, Paula Silver, Robert Cort, Mark Rapaport

          Cake all around as we celebrated our 20th year in service to music education at our recent board meeting. How fitting that it was Michael Kamen's birthday too!

          The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has kept music alive in over 1,380 schools across the country, donated over $20 million worth of musical instruments that have been put into the hands of over one million students over the last 20 years!

          To all those who help us keep music alive in our schools - WE THANK YOU!!

The MHOF Team

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