OVERVIEW: Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation does not give cash grants. They make donations of both new and refurbished instruments to under-funded music programs in school districts across the country. They also partner with school districts in a commitment to help keep these music programs robust and viable for the long term.
IP TAKE: Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to school districts in all fifty states, but they receive over 1,000 applications a year, so the competition is tough. Please make sure your school has the highest need before applying, because these donations are meant for schools with no resources for music programs.
PROFILE: Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation gives the highest preference to low-income communities and programs with little to no music budget. Applications are by invitation only. In order to be eligible, your school must serve at least 65% economically disadvantaged students. Your school must also have an established music program with an existing inventory of instruments, and an instrumental music teacher who has been on staff for at least two consecutive years. Grants are not given to programs in their infancy with no resources whatsoever.
You can view a full list of schools who receive instrument donations here.