BMI jazz artist/composer David Benoit was honored recently for his support of music education by the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation at a presentation at the House of Blues in Los Angeles where fellow BMI artist/composer, Dave Koz, was the headline act.
BMI VP of Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer Ross, President of the Board of Directors of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation; David Benoit; Felice Mancini, Executive Director, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation; and Dave Koz.
Benoit has supported the work of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation's for several years and was honored for the work he has done to help foster music in the schools. The presentation was made by Felice Mancini, Executive Director of the Foundation, and was held as part of March's "Music In Our Schools" month.
"David Benoit has been a longtime supporter of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation," said Mancini. "We're thrilled to be able to present him with this award to show our appreciation for all his work. It's through artists such as Benoit - as well as Dave Koz - that we are able to continue our work."
Founded by Grammy Award-winning BMI composer Michael Kamen following his work on the film that the Foundation is named after, the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting instrumental music nationwide. The Foundation partners with businesses, schools and communities to provide new and refurbished musical instruments to qualified schools and individuals.
Celebrating their fourth anniversary, the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation has distributed thousands of instruments valued at over $1.5 million and donated to over 250 programs and individuals in the U.S. With corporate sponsors such as Popeye's Chicken, McDonald's, Old Navy and many others, the Foundation has established over 200 drop sites for instrument collections and works with over 40 instrument manufacturers.