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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.

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

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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