(PRWEB) December 7, 2005 -- The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a national non-profit organization devoted to supporting music education
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announced today that the Hot Topic Foundation, which supports programs and organizations that specifically focus on encouraging and educating youth in the arts, is providing funds to help public schools replace instruments lost or damaged in Hurricane Katrina.
“ After learning about the devastation brought on by Katrina, we knew we had to help bring these programs back to life. ”
“Thanks to the Hot Topic Foundation, we will be able to help many public schools affected by this disaster reestablish their music programs,” said Felice Mancini, executive director of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “Playing music may be the very thing that can lighten the burden that this experience has placed on children living in areas affected by Katrina.”
The Hot Topic Foundation has worked with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in the past, helping the organization support music education in schools across the country.
“This effort is very much what the Hot Topic Foundation is all about,” said Amy Malone, of the Hot Topic Foundation. “The Foundation is committed to providing youth with the assistance needed for them to embrace and succeed in the arts. After learning about the devastation brought on by Katrina, we knew we had to help bring these programs back to life.”
Donations to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Hurricane Katrina effort can be made by visiting www.mhopus.org, or by calling 818-784-6787.
Research has shown that the benefits of music education to children include success in society, school
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, developing intelligence and general success in life. Definitive links have been made between students involved in music education and their academic performance, reasoning skills, work habits and low incidence of substance abuse.
Founded in 2004 in partnership with the California Community Foundation, the Hot Topic Foundation’s mission is to bring the arts to youth. The Hot Topic Foundation is administered by the California Community Foundation. Established in 1915, the California Community Foundation is one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California. In partnership with its donors, the foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for health and human services, affordable housing, early childhood education, community arts and culture and other areas of need. To learn
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more about the California Community Foundation, please visit its Web site at www.calfund.org.
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation supports music education and its many benefits through the donation and repair of musical instruments to underserved schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and was founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for that movie and countless others. In the last seven years, new and refurbished instruments with a value of approximately $5 million have been donated to more than 600 school and community music programs across the country. More information can be found at www.mhopus.org.