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Taylor Swift donates $4M for country music education

Taylor Swift is seen at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles.

May 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has made a generous donation that will benefit music lovers for years to come.

Swift donated $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The money will be used to open the Taylor Swift Education Center, which will offer educational programs and exhibitions for teens and senior citizens. It's scheduled to open in 2014.

The donation was the largest given to the museum by an artist and is the second largest from an individual, officials said.

"It will allow us to do what we do better, serve more people, develop new programs and I'm happy to say that as we talked through this opportunity with Taylor, she very much wants to be involved in an advisory capacity in what we do," said museum director Kyle Young.

The new education center will be part of the museum's $75 million "Working on a Building" expansion project that will increase the space more than 200,000 square feet to 350,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.