While most people receive gifts on their birthdays, Taylor Swift decided to mark turning 24 by giving cash away, donating $100k to the Nashville Symphony.
The symphony have experienced serious financial difficulty this year, narrowly avoiding bankruptcy and nearly having to sell their headquarters, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Taylor recently attended a charity gala at Kensington Palace (Lia Toby/WENN)
Members of the symphony were informed of Taylor's generous gift at a meeting organised by the president of the Nashville Musicians Associations, Dave Pomeroy. According to the association, the gift was a total surprise and Pomeroy praised the 'Trouble' singer's devotion to the local music scene.
Financial problems have plagued the Nashville Symphony throughout 2013, with a wealthy patron having to step in and save the Schermerhorn Symphony Center when the organisation were nearly forced to sell the building. Money troubles also lead to the symphony's musicians agreeing to take a 15% pay cut.
Taylor's charitable efforts have been well-documented and the 'Love Story' starlet has made a number of huge donations throughout her career.
Earlier this year, Taylor gave a huge wad of cash to the Country Music Hall Of Fame Foundation, handing over $4 million. The huge sum was the biggest gift ever received by the organisation and the money was used to open the Taylor Swift Education Center, a two-floor facility complete with classrooms, an art gallery and state-of-the-art learning lab.
The singer's 'Red' tour comes to the UK in February 2014 (WENN)
The 24-year-old has received recognition for her philanthropy and in 2012 she received The Big Help Award from Michelle Obama, before being recognised for her charitable efforts by the Robert F. Kennedy Center later in the same year.
Taylor is currently preparing to bring her 'Red' tour to the UK in February 2014 after completing a string of gigs across the States earlier this year. The 'State Of Grace' starlet also scooped plenty of awards this year, including the CMA's Pinnacle Award.
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