The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools, community music programs and individual students 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. The Melody Program helps K-12 school instrumental music programs that take place during the regular school day. Schools must have an established instrumental music program (i.e. concert band, marching band, jazz band and/or orchestra) that is at least three years old. Schools must apply separately. The Special Projects Program helps after-school music programs. After-school music programs must be at least three years old OR have a music-related umbrella organization that is at least three years old to apply.