Taylor Swift Donates $50K to NYC Schools, Not Enough?The New York City Tourism Ambassador made promised in October that she would donate all the proceeds from the song Welcome to New York to New York City public schools. The song has been a massive hit, but no money was put where Swifts mouth was, until now.
Capital New York confirmed a $50,000 donation to New York public schools yesterday, but where is the rest of the money? No doubt Swifts song racked up more than that with it topping iTunes’ download charts in mid-October.
The song was RIAA-certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies in the U.S., and ranking high on European and Australian charts. Artists often earn approximately 10 cents from each 99-cent single sold on iTunes. Swift’s Welcome to New York cost $1.29 on iTunes.
When contacted, Swift representatives were unavailable to comment on what percentage of the song’s proceeds were donated, or whether Swift plans to make more donations in the future. The NYC D.O.E’s 2014-2015 budget is $25.9 billion, which accounts for 1,800 schools and 1.1 million school children, but lets give Taylor Swift a break. If she wants to throw NYC D.O.E. a bone, nobody in the world wants to know how it tastes.