Posted on January 2, 2014

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Music - Mr. Holland's Opus FoundationMany privileged young people study music as a matter of course, growing up with private lessons, fine instruments and frequent access to professional performances. For potential young musicians in low-income families, however, a desire to play music might never see fruition — without the helping hand of philanthropy.

Inspired by the acclaimed motion picture, “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” which portrays a dedicated music teacher’s impact on generations of students, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOPUS) was established in 1996 by the film’s composer, Michael Kamen. MHOPUS donates both new and refurbished instruments to Title I schools that have strong music programs but lack the financial resources to help their band or orchestra thrive and expand.

Often, such programs’ particular challenge is equipment loss — from attrition, depreciation, and wear over time. An infusion of instruments enables more students to participate and to experience the benefits of a high-quality music education.

The Katz Foundation’s partnership with MHOPUS, inspired by accomplished pianist Phyllis Katz and her lifelong passion for music and the arts, has made possible numerous instrument donations, valued overall at approximately $220,000, to numerous public schools in the City of Atlanta, Coweta County, and DeKalb County.