It’s no secret that Taylor Swift has money. After all, she landed at #11 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrity list for her earnings of $57 million last year. What do you do when you have that kind of cash laying around? You give back to the community that gave you a start. In this case, it’s the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Hall of Fame is a place like no other. You don’t have to be a country music lover to appreciate what this museum has to offer — but if you are, then visiting can be a knockout experience.
It houses memorabilia from throughout country music’s history. Items from stars such as Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Dolly Parton reside alongside some of Elvis Presley‘s cars, musical instruments from the ’20s, Jimmie Rodgers‘s guitar, Bill Monroe‘s mandolin, stage suits worn by the likes of Porter Wagoner and Hank Williams, a mock radio studio from the ’50s, and more.
Now the Hall of Fame will have another massive exhibit, the 7,500 square foot Taylor Swift Education Center. Swift has donated $4 million to fund the space, which will house classrooms, a new children’s gallery, and increase the museum’s educational capacity several times over. It is the largest donation from an individual artist in the museum’s 45-year history.
In a statement on the Hall of Fame’s website, Museum Director Kyle Young said that Swift is an artist who “represents country music’s best traditions” and has “always been ahead of the curve. By stepping forward to fund our education center, she has once again demonstrated that she has an eye on our industry’s future. It will truly be the heart of our living museum, educating and inspiring young people and families, teaching them country music history and helping them to make meaningful connections between the music and their own lives.”
For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame, including current and upcoming exhibits, visit the Hall of Fame’s website.
–CJ Robinson, Mix 105.1/Orlando