On Friday we shared some of the ways birthday girl Taylor Swift had given back in the past year, and now we’ve got another excellent bit of do-goodery to add to the list. Taylor got gifts for her b-day, but she also gave others gifts … including a mega donation to the Nashville Symphony.
If Taylor’s been having an up year, the Nashville Symphony had been having a down one. It almost had its concert hall foreclosed on, and the way the group saved money was to make major salary cuts to musicians’ pay. Then Taylor stepped in and wrote them a $100,000 check.
David Pomeroy, the president of Local 257 of the American Federation of Musicians, helped get this set up. “Taylor Swift has set a great example,” he said, “and I hope that others will follow her lead and help ensure that the Nashville Symphony musicians’ salaries can be restored as soon as possible.”
Taylor has a history with both the Nashville Symphony and giving back to the city of Nashville. In 2011, the Symphony gave Taylor its Harmony Award. And in 2012, Taylor gave $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and 14,000 books to the Nashville Public Library. And don’t forget the music school she founded in Nashville! Yup, this girl has given serious love to the city she calls home.
Hopefully things will keep looking up for the Nashville Symphony, and we’ll keep hearing awesome stories of Taylor giving back. If this is how she celebrates her birthday, it’s no wonder she’s called America’s Sweetheart!
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