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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is expanding, building a new section that will help children learn to appreciate country music for years to come. Singer Taylor Swift will be a big part of the effort. On Thursday, the museum announced that the Speak Now singer donated $4 million to help out.
Officials for the museum told The Associated Press that this is the largest donation from an artist and the second largest it has received overall. The $4 million will go directly to building the Taylor Swift Education Center, which will have space for exhibits and three classrooms.
“In terms of what it will allow us to do, we do education very well now,” museum director Kyle Young told the AP, adding that the donation will help the museum educate more young people. Young also confirmed that Swift hopes to work with them in an “advisory capacity.”
“Is there a better person out there who’s in touch with a young audience? I think not. I was joking we should be paying her to do that. I was only joking,” Young said.
Swift’s donation is just a part of the museum’s Working On A Building initiative. The expansion is being built on a campus in Nashville that includes the current museum, the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel. According to the initiative’s site, $61.9 million has been committed so far.
As for Swift’s building, it will be a space with more than 7,500 square-feet spread over two floors.
Swift, 22, is currently the best-selling country artist in the world and acts as the genre’s international ambassador. She has worked with the museum in the past, giving a performance on the building’s roof and helping out with fundraisers.