Taylor Swift Goes Big With Hall of Fame Donation

$4 million gift is largest individual artist gift in history.

Have you heard the phrase "go big or go home"? Taylor Swift went big, pledging $4 million to fund a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The more-than-7,500-square-foot space, which will encompass parts of two floors and feature three classrooms and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery, is scheduled to open in early 2014.

Her gift is the largest capital contribution by an individual artist in the museum’s 45-year history, prompting the museum to name the new space the Taylor Swift Education Center. The gift was made in conjunction with Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here, the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s expansion from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet.

Taylor has been a longtime generous supporter of the museum, performing for the institution’s 2007 All for the Hall New York, 2009 We’re All for the Hall and 2010 All for the Hall Los Angeles benefits. She has also loaned the museum dresses, stage costumes and instruments for display; a free-standing Taylor Swift multimedia exhibit has been one of the museum’s most popular attractions since its debut in May 2010.

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