Eddie Van Halen’s Seven-Figure Donation to At-Risk Public Schools: ‘Transformative’
The late legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen left an equal donation in the name of music education for at-risk schools that officials call “transformative.”
The ‘substantial’ donation was made by the musician in his will to support the music education body known as Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation.
The donation will help the charity continue its mission of supporting music education in at-risk public schools across the United States.
The foundation released a statement on its website thanking the late guitarist for the undisclosed sum. And according to the foundation, Van Halen has spent more than a decade working closely with them to support its mission and help students achieve their music education dreams.
The nonprofit will now have the resources to meet the demands of a number of schools with the donation, which is also described as “a significant percentage of [Van Halen’s] domain.”
“Eddie’s support and friendship over the years meant the world to us and to his fans,” said Holland’s Opus Foundation President and CEO Felice Mancini. “His passion for music and our work created a strong bond, which is reflected in his extraordinary legacy.
“Knowing how much our foundation meant to Eddie is extremely humbling and gratifying to all of us,” they continued, “and we know Eddie’s family believes his powerful legacy and values live on through our efforts. “
Likewise, Eddie’s prolific musician son, Wolfgang Van Halen, will also continue in his father’s footsteps with the organization. He has already donated the proceeds of his “Distance” title to the organization. This song was a tribute to his father.
“Mr. The Opus de Holland Foundation and the work they do for music education has always been something important to my father,” said Wolfgang. “I am incredibly proud to help facilitate this donation as he wished it.
“Mr. Holland’s Opus is championing our musicians of the future and it’s a privilege for me to continue to support that mission and carry on my pop legacy.
The foundation was established in 1996 by composer Michael Kamen. For more information, visit Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
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