$100,000 Gift from Taylor Swift Provides Vital Support to Nashville Symphony

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Taylor Swift. Photo by Walter McBride.

Taylor Swift's $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony, presented on December 13, will assist the orchestra in fulfilling its mission and meeting its fundraising goals this year, Symphony President & CEO Alan D. Valentine said today.

"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," Valentine said. "Taylor's gift also sends a powerful message to young people everywhere that orchestras - and the Nashville Symphony, in particular - matter."

Funds raised through the Nashville Symphony's annual fundraising campaign support mission-focused activities provided by the orchestra's resident musicians out in the community, which include visits to local classrooms, instrument lessons and concerts in public parks - all provided free of charge. "For the Symphony to thrive, we will need generous and sustained support from across the entire community," Valentine added. "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, a threefold increase in giving from our Board of Directors, and an additional $1.25 million in challenge grants from private donors and foundations."

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