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Taylor Swift gives $50,000 in song proceeds to NYC schools

February 24, 2015 Associated Press
Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Times Square this past October. A spokeswoman for the city Department of Education said Tuesday that Swift has now given $50,000 in song proceeds to New York City schools. Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File
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New York City’s official booster Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the city’s public schools.

The city tourism bureau tapped Swift as “global welcome ambassador” last year, even though critics noted she was a recent transplant to New York.

Some also complained that her song “Welcome to New York” from the album “1989” was bland and lifeless.

Swift responded by announcing last October that she would donate proceeds from the single to the city’s schools.

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A spokeswoman for the city Department of Education said Tuesday that Swift has now given $50,000.

Spokeswoman Devora Kaye says the department is “deeply appreciative of this kind gesture.”

A publicist for Swift says the singer will continue to donate additional proceeds she receives from the single “Welcome to New York” to the city’s schools.

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