Kids music

Eddie Van Halen makes seven-figure donation to Kids’ Music Org

Eddie Van Halen has donated at least $1 million to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF), an organization that helps children get a music education in schools across the United States, such as the revealed the foundation on Wednesday, April 20.

The late Van Halen guitarist’s seven-figure endowment, who died aged 65 in 2020, will be “transformative” for the program, a press release explained. The precise sum has not been identified.

Eddie Van Halen has spent more than a decade maintaining a close relationship with the MHOF, and his goal of helping students develop a love for music led him to bequeath a percentage of his estate to the organization in his will. The donation will allow the MHOF to meet the demands of more schools, add employees to its staff, improve its technology and more.

MHOF President and CEO Felice Mancini said on Wednesday: “Eddie’s support and friendship over the years meant the world to us and his fans. His passion for music and our work created a strong bond, which is evident in his extraordinary legacy.”

She added, “Knowing how much our foundation meant to Eddie is extremely humbling and gratifying to all of us. We know Eddie’s family believes his powerful legacy and values ​​live on through our efforts.”

Eddie Van Halen donated 75 electric guitars to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Eddie Van Halen with Felice Mancini, President and CEO of MHOF. (Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation)

Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s 31-year-old son and professional musician in his own right, helped facilitate the donation. He highlighted his father’s dedication to the MHOF.

“The work they do for music education has always been something important to my dad,” Wolf said. “[MHOF] are champions for our musicians of the future, and it’s a privilege for me to continue supporting this mission and continuing my pop legacy.”

Wolf, after replacing bassist Michael Anthony in Van Halen in 2006, played in the influential hard rock band until Eddie’s death. Subsequently, Van Halen quietly disbanded. Last year, Wolf released his debut album with alternative rockers Mammoth WVH.

MHOF, founded in 1996 by composer Michael Kamen, was inspired by the film Mr. Holland’s Opusin which a music teacher impacts a generation of students.

The organization promotes music and the arts in schools by donating instruments and equipment to music programs in school districts across the United States. In 26 years, thousands of instruments have been donated to schools across the country. Learn more here.

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