$100,000 worth of musical instruments donated to three Metro schools

StubHub to host concert at Exit/In this Friday to support donations like these

Metro Schools continues to bolster music education in Nashville, this time thanks to 102 musical instruments donated by the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and StubHub. Hunters Lane High School, I.T. Creswell Arts Magnet Middle Prep and Isaac Litton Middle Prep each took delivery of a truckload of free instruments late last month, coming to a combined total of nearly $100,000.

“We are so grateful to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for its continued support of our young musicians,” said Laurie Schell, director of Music Makes Us for Metro Schools. “This marks the second year in a row we have received instruments from the Foundation. They are truly one of our most valued musical partners.”

The donations from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation were made possible by StubHub and its Next Stage concert series, which will be coming to Nashville Friday, June 13. In addition to a $250,000 initial grant from the StubHub Foundation (a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), StubHub is donating 100% of the proceeds from each show to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Friday’s show will feature emerging rock group Grouplove at the Exit/In. Tickets for this intimate show are only $40; doors are at 8 p.m.

“Few places can rival the city of Nashville in what it has contributed to music fans,” said Emma Leggat, StubHub Head of Corporate Responsibility. “Partnering with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to support youth music education is just one of the ways StubHub aims to give back to Nashville and to local music fans.”

The donations reflect a shared focus by Metro Schools, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and StubHub to support grassroots music education. Through Music Makes Us, a joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean and music industry and community leaders, Metro Schools aspires to be a national model for high-quality music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. Among its list of accomplishments, Music Makes Us has restored band in all middle schools and created 40 new contemporary music classes in 18 different middle and high schools.

“The study of music tends to enhance student success as it requires great rigor and discipline as well as a creative sensibility,” said Schell. “Research done in our schools shows that students involved in music achieve academically and have high graduation rates. Donations like this one make it possible for even more students to get involved and benefit from what music has to offer.”

Last year MHOF made another major donation to Litton Middle. Tickets for the June 13 concert are still available on StubHub.com.

Each school received musical instruments with the total retail values of:

  • Hunters Lane - $46,290
  • I.T. Creswell - $24,574
  • Isaac Litton - $26,440

Instrument donations:

  • 20 flutes
  • 18 trumpets
  • 15 violins
  • 13 trombones
  • 13 clarinets and 3 mouthpieces
  • 6 mellophones
  • 6 baritones
  • 5 alto saxophones and 1 mouthpiece
  • 3 concert snare drums
  • 2 bass clarinets
  • 1 tenor sax mouthpiece