The lights are so bright, indeed! As promised last fall, Taylor Swift has donated at least $50,000 to New York City's public schools, after she promised last October that she would donate proceeds from her single "Welcome to New York" to the city's education system.
A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed to Capital New York on Tuesday, Feb. 24, that Swift, 25, had already made one contribution to the school district.
"I am informed that Taylor Swift has made a donation of $50,000 to the DOE," an official at the Department of Education told the site Tuesday, "without restrictions to support DOE schools."
A spokesperson for the Department of Education told the New York Times on Tuesday: "We're deeply appreciative of this kind gesture to donate her proceeds of the single 'Welcome to New York' to benefit NYC public schools." (The pop songstress is also a global welcome ambassador for the city of New York.) The DOE official told the paper that the $50,000 would go to Sing!, which is a high school student-run "musical production competition."
According to Swift's team, that amount will only continue growing. The 1989 hitmaker's rep told the paper on Tuesday: "This is not a one-time donation. Taylor will continue to donate the proceeds she receives from the sale of the single ‘Welcome to New York’ to N.Y.C. public schools."
The anthem has been released as part of Swift's wildly successful 1989 album, which sold 1.287 million copies in its first week out last fall. The record went on to become the top-selling album in 2014, and the first to sell 1 million copies in 2015.
The superstar's latest charitable contribution comes one month after she donated $1,989 to a fan to help pay for her student loans.
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