Thank you, Taylor!

Inspired by recording of Become Ocean, Taylor Swift gives $50,000 to Seattle Symphony to support musicians of today and tomorrow

Gift Supports Music Education and Musicians’ Pension Fund 

The Seattle Symphony has received a major donation in the amount of $50,000 from recording artist Taylor Swift, in support of the future of the orchestra’s musicians and musicians of the future. Swift’s donation to the Seattle Symphony will support two signature programs, Link Up: Seattle Symphony, which will reach over 12,000 third through fifth graders this year, and the musicians’ pension fund.

Inspired by listening to the orchestra’s 2014 recording of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, Swift wrote to Music Director Ludovic Morlot to express her appreciation to the musicians who recorded the music. 

“I was thrilled to hear that Taylor was moved by Become Ocean, like all of us at the Seattle Symphony,” Morlot said. “This is a powerful piece with a unique soundscape. We’re especially thankful that she wishes to support our musicians, and that she shares our belief that all people should be able to experience symphonic music.” 

In her letter to Morlot, Swift also praised the beauty of the composition, the musicianship of the orchestra and reminisced about going to hear her local symphony with her grandmother and how important the experience was to her.

More information about Link Up: Seattle Symphony here.

More information about Become Ocean here.

Posted on December 3, 2015