Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million To Tennessee Tornado Relief
“Nashville is my home,” Swift wrote on her Instagram.
Taylor Swift; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Country songstress turned pop superstar Taylor Swift is stepping up to help those in need after tornados ravaged parts of Middle Tennessee on Tuesday (March 3), leaving more than two dozen people dead and hundreds more hospitalized and/or homeless.
“Nashville is my home,” Swift wrote on her Instagram story on Thursday (March 5). “And the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me.”
Though Swift did not disclose the amount she donated on social media, her publicist told The Tennessean that she donated $1 million to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.
The 10-time Grammy winner encouraged her followers to donate to the cause as well by sharing a link to the fund on Instagram.
Since her rise to fame, Swift has become known for her extensive charitable efforts. In 2010, she donated $500,000 to assist with relief efforts following the devastating flood and two years later, she pledged $4 million to fund an education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. These are just a few examples of donations made by Swift, as many go under the radar. For example, she once donated $10,000 for a young boy with autism to get a service dog and one year, she gave $50,000 in song proceeds to New York City schools.
Taylor Swift may no longer be a country music artist, but she has never forgotten where she came from.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.