Taylor Swift Donates $100,000 to Nashville Symphony
Taylor Swift celebrated her 24th birthday (on Dec. 13) by giving a generous gift, instead of receiving one. In honor of her big day, the singer donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony.
“We are enormously grateful to Taylor Swift for her generosity, which will have an immediate and hugely meaningful impact on the Nashville Symphony’s mission of making great music and music education accessible to everyone in the Middle Tennessee community,” Nashville Symphony President and CEO Alan D. Valentine says. “Taylor’s gift also sends a powerful message to young people everywhere that orchestras -- and the Nashville Symphony, in particular -- matter.”
The gift comes at an important time for the Music City venue. The Nashville Symphony considered filing for bankruptcy earlier this year, and continue to try to recover from their financial losses.
“For the symphony to thrive, we will need generous and sustained support from across the entire community,” Valentine adds. “Investments like Taylor’s show a genuine belief in the symphony’s mission and a confidence in our role within the community. This year’s fundraising campaign has already enjoyed a big boost, thanks in part to this latest gift."
Dave Pomeroy, President of AFM Local 257, facilitated the meeting between Swift's management and the Nashville Symphony, to receive the gift on her birthday.
“[Swift] is not only an amazing talent with fans all across the globe; she is also an incredibly generous artist who has never failed to demonstrate her devotion not only to her own band, but also to the greater Nashville community and our musicians," Pomeroy notes. "We all appreciate the significance of her contribution to Music City’s world-class orchestra at such an important time in its history."
This is not the 'Sweeter Than Fiction' singer's first donation to her local community. She previously donated an astonishing $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with the money funding the Taylor Swift Education Center.
Swift is home for the holidays before she kicks off the final leg of her year-long, worldwide Red Tour, which will play a series of shows in London in 2014, as well as a stop in Berlin. See her remaining concerts here.