Founded in 1997, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. MHOF donates instruments to music programs where students have access to a music curriculum but lack the resources and support base to adequately keep up with equipment loss due to attrition, depreciation and wear over time. An infusion of instruments and repairs enables more students to participate and experience a quality music education. It is vital that efforts are made to give youngsters every tool available within the small window of time when they can make the most of their education, and experience the benefits inherent in studying and playing music. MHOF's goal is to help children achieve their greatest potential and to close the gap that exists in underserved communities. MHOF believes that in giving students the opportunities and benefits derived from playing and learning music, their lives are enriched in myriad ways. MHOF is confident that music programs receiving our help can offer their students and teachers a quality learning experience they may not have otherwise.