Apparently pop sensation Taylor Swift is a big fan of the Seattle Symphony.
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra recently announced an unexpected gift – a $50,000 donation from Taylor Swift, after revealing she was moved by a performance of “Becoming Ocean” by John Luther Adams during the 2013 Grammys. Not only did she fall in love with the composition directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Ludovic Morlot, but she also mentioned that she fondly recalls trips to her local symphony with her grandmother when growing up.
According to the Seattle Times, the singer’s donation will go towards two programs of the symphony: Link Up, a music-education program for elementary school students – which sends teaching artists into classrooms for learning sessions – and the pension fund of its musicians. The program has an annual budget of $360,000.
“I was thrilled to hear that Taylor was moved by ‘Become Ocean,’ like all of us at the Seattle Symphony,” said Morlot. “This is a powerful piece with a unique soundscape. We’re especially thankful that she wishes to support our musicians, and that she shares our belief that all people should be able to experience symphonic music.”
The donation only marks one of many charitable donations. Swift is known for her philanthropic efforts as she has donated to her old Nashville high school for auditorium renovations, pledged $4 million to build a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, and $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony. As Swift just wrapped up her blockbuster “1989 Tour” in Australia, she took 125 of the tour’s behind-the-scenes crew members on a vacation to Hamilton Island to thank them for their hard work over the past year.