Taylor Swift donates $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Taylor Swift donated $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
Swift's donation is the largest contribution by an individual artist in the museum's 45-year history and was made in conjunction with "Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here," a campaign which will expand the Hall of Fame and Museum, adding a new concert theater and more room for exhibits and archives.
The donation will be used to fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, which will include two floors, three classrooms and a children's exhibit gallery and is scheduled to open in 2014. The Education Center will feature a "wet" classroom space with a utility floor to be used for creative offerings, a Musical Petting Zoo and will potentially offer after-school programs.
"Taylor Swift represents country music's best traditions," Museum Director Kyle Young said in a statement. "She is a gifted singer-songwriter whose deeply personal songs resonate with music fans around the world, and a dynamic live performer whose open heart and engaging personality allow her to make even the largest stadium shows an intimate experience. Her many accomplishments - including being the youngest artist to single-handedly write and sing a No. 1 country song - have made music history, and she has been an ambassador for country music, raising awareness of our genre literally around the globe."
Swift has been a supporter for the museum for several years, performing at several of their benefits and loaning stage costumes and instruments for a free-standing, Taylor Swift multimedia exhibit, which has been one of the most popular attractions since its debut in May 2010.
In April, Swift won Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which marked her second consecutive win in the top category.
She was the youngest female singer to take home the award, which has previously been won by likes to Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire, who co-hosted the 2012 ceremony with Blake Shelton.