Taylor Swift has proven herself to be a philanthropic individual in the past and she is once more showcasing that giving nature. Last year the singer made a promise that she would be donating the proceeds of her hit song Welcome to New York to the public school department in New York City (NYC). Officials with the Department of Education (DOE) are now saying that she has followed through on that pledge. On Tuesday, news broke that Swift had made a donation in the amount of $50,000, which was a portion of the proceeds from her song, to the NYC school department.
This is not the first time that Swift has reached out to make a difference with the NYC public schools. Last year, the singer held an event where she got a chance to speak in person to the city’s schoolkids, while other students, from places such as California and Michigan, got to watch via Skype. The event was a chance for the singer to discuss the importance of writing and reading in her life and how important it was for others as well. At the time, Swift wanted to showcase her personal love of reading, as well as writing. In particular, she has a passion for songwriting, but has mentioned that she would not rule out the possibility of other types of writing. As she sat with the students, they discussed not only her own love of reading but also her belief that books open up a new world of possibilities. The students even shared some of their book recommendations with Swift.
Although Swift has not yet confirmed that she made a donation of her proceeds from her single, to the NYC schools publicly, officials for the DOE made the announcement to Capital New York. The DOE confirmed that at least one donation had already been made by the singer in the amount of $50,000. The official stated that the money that Swift gifted was given to the department with no restrictions on how it could be used.
Swift, who recently moved to NYC, made the announcement that she would be making the donation during her appearance on The View in October 2014. While on the program, the singer told the show’s hosts that the song was doing really well, which made her happy since she planned to donate the proceeds of the song to the public schools in her new city.
By the middle of October, Swift’s song had topped the download charts on iTunes. The song was also certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone. In both Australia and Europe the single ranked high on the charts there as well.
As of right now, it is currently unclear whether this $50,000 is the full amount of the singer’s own cut of the profits from the song or if this is just a first installment. The success of Welcome to New York means, that it is entirely possible that Swift may actually donate more proceeds to the NYC public schools in the future.
By Kimberley Spinney
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