Taylor Swift Donates to Public Schools
Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to New York City public schools.
Swift, recently moved to New York City and back in October pledged to donate all the proceeds of her hit single “Welcome to New York” to the city education. Although Swift has not yet publicly announce her donation, The Department of Education officials confirmed that she has already made at least one gift to the New York school system.
“I am informed that Taylor Swift has made a donation of $50,000 to the DOE, without restrictions to support DOE schools,” a Department Of Education official wrote in response to Capital’s Freedom of Information request.
Swift announced her plans to donate the proceeds from “Welcome to New York” during her appearance on “The View,” on October of 2014. Her charitable donation could possibly in response to the criticisms she received about the song claiming that the song oversimplifies her adopted city.
“It’s selling really, really well, which is good because I’m donating all my proceeds to New York City public schools,” Swift said about the song during her appearance on View.
The song Topped iTunes download charts in mid-October, resulting in “Welcome to New York” taking in considerable profit. The song was RIAA-certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies in the U.S., and ranking high on European and Australian charts as well. While revenues from iTunes sales can vary, artists usually earn about 10 cents from each 99-cent for each single sold. Swift’s “Welcome to New York” cost $1.29 on iTunes, meaning the song would likely raise the song’s proceeds to more than the donated $50,000.
A representative for Swift was not available to comment on what percentage of the song’s proceeds were donated, or whether Swift planed on making further donations from future earnings.