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Deadline: August 1, 2014

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is accepting applications for in-kind donations of musical instruments to underfunded music programs. The foundation will donate musical instruments to music programs that serve low-income communities and have little or no budget for instruments. Priority will be given to programs that serve the most students within a school population.

The foundation donates both new and refurbished instruments to school music programs that lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss due to attrition, depreciation and wear over time, and to accommodate students on waiting lists or who have to share instruments. An infusion of instruments enables more students to participate and to experience a quality music education.

Eligibility: Public, private and charter schools that meet the following criteria may apply:

  • 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 has been offered during the regular school day for a minimum of three consecutive years. If your school offers Orff/classroom music only, it is NOT eligible to apply.
  • Schools must have an instrumental music teacher who has been with the school for a minimum of two consecutive years.
  • Schools must have an existing inventory of instruments.


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