Taylor Swift donates $1m to help victims of Tennessee tornadoes | US News


Taylor Swift has donated $1m (£800,000) to help communities ravaged by a series of tornadoes in Tennessee.

Severe storms and tornadoes have killed at least six people in the state, including a child, with homes and businesses suffering extensive damage and tens of thousands of people losing power.

Officials in Montgomery County, north of Nashville, say 23 people have been injured.

Although born in Pennsylvania, Swift has a close affinity with Tennessee, having moved to Nashville with her family at the age of 14 to pursue her musical career.

According to reports in the US, Swift – who was recently declared a billionaire – has donated the seven-figure sum to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT).

Hal Cato, chief executive of the community foundation, confirmed Swift’s contribution.

Swift, who is on the money-spinning Eras Tour around the world, has an estimated net worth of $1.1bn (£907.2m), business news outlet Bloomberg reports.

Her music catalogue since 2019 is worth an estimated $400m (£329.9m), ticket and merchandise sales from concerts have earned her $370m (£305.1m) while streams from Spotify, YouTube and other platforms are worth $120m (£100m).

The Eras tour alone has generated hundreds of millions of pounds so far, with another year to go until it draws to a close.

It’s the latest show of charity from the 33 year old, who was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year last week.

In 2020, she donated £23,000 to a student in London to give her the chance of a university education.

US media reports she also donated to the Arizona Food Bank Network during her tour, while her tour staff have been rewarded with bonuses totalling $55m (£43m).

US entertainment outlet TMZ previously reported she gifted truck drivers $100,000 (about £78,000) each ahead of shows in Santa Clara, California.

People Magazine awarded her the title of 2023’s Most Intriguing Person of the Year while Forbes named her the world’s fifth most powerful woman.

The CFMT operates a fund supporting non-profit organisations providing services in all phases of a disaster.

The National Weather Service issued multiple tornado warnings in Tennessee with reports of a further tornado in Kentucky.

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