Taylor Swift donates $4M to Country Hall of Fame
Taylor Swift has donated US$4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to establish the Taylor Swift Education Center, which will provide music training to children from across the United States.
The Associated Press reports that the gift is the largest given to the organization by an artist and the second-largest from an individual.
The money will go toward building a 7,500 square-foot centre that will open in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014. The education centre is part of the institution's $75 million "Working on a Building" expansion project that will increase the space by 200,000 square feet to 350,000.
"In terms of what it will allow us to do, we do education very well now," museum director Kyle Young told the AP. "It will allow us to do what we do better, serve more people, develop new programs and I’m happy to say that as we talked through this opportunity with Taylor, she very much wants to be involved in an advisory capacity in what we do. Is there a better person out there who’s in touch with a young audience? I think not. I was joking we should be paying her to do that. I was only joking."