Eddie Van Halen has donated $1 million to an American music education organization

Late rock icon Eddie Van Halen is said to have left a contribution of at least $1million (£780,000) to US music education charity Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF).

For 26 years, the MHOF – named after the main character of the 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus (played by Richard Dreyfuss) – aims to provide school-aged children from low-income backgrounds with the opportunity to benefit from music education, by providing, among other things, access to musical instruments.

According to a statement released by the MHOF last Wednesday (April 20), Van Halen left the charity a seven-figure bequest. An exact sum was not specified, but the statement said the “transformative” amount would provide a “significant [increase to] the nonprofit’s ability to support music programs across the country.

MHOF CEO Felice Mancini added: “Eddie’s support and friendship over the years meant the world to us and to his fans. 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 hugely humbling and gratifying to all of us – and we know Eddie’s family believes his powerful legacy and values ​​live on through our efforts.”

Prior to his death in 2020, Van Halen had been a strong supporter of the organization, donating 75 guitars from his personal collection to the cause in 2012. In the statement last Wednesday, Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, said: is committed to continuing his father’s support and partnership. with MHF. “Mr. The Opus de Holland Foundation and the work they do for music education has always been something important to my father,” he said.

“I am incredibly proud to help facilitate this donation as he wished. Mr. Holland’s Ops are the champions of our musicians of the future and it’s a privilege for me to continue to support that mission and carry on my pop legacy.

On November 16, 2020, Wolfgang released his first solo single, ‘Distance’, a cut from his debut album. Proceeds from the sale of the track were donated to the MHOF, reportedly in “support for school music programs…and as a tribute to his late father.”

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