Jack White’s $200k Donation Will Launch Music Preservation Foundation

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Jack White continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.

After rescuing Detroit’s Masonic Temple from foreclosure earlier this year by paying a $142,000 tax bill, the Detroit rocker has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, a gift that will bring the nonprofit to life.

“The donation is very much a game changer,” said the foundation’s Executive Director Gerald Seligman in a press release. “It is our first and therefore provides the welcome opportunity to go from talk about the needs and priorities of audio preservation to concerted action. With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan – and give out our first grants. We’re committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months.”

The NRPF was created by the U.S. Congress in 2011 “for the purpose of supporting archives, libraries, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America’s radio, music and recorded sound heritage,” according to their website.

“I hope that Mr. White’s extraordinarily generous donation inspires many others,” added Sam Brylawski, Chairman of the National Recording Preservation Board, an affiliated project. “Especially those in the recording business—record companies, artists, songwriters, and others—to follow his lead to help ensure that we are able to preserve and make accessible recent and historical recordings at risk of loss,”

Jack White sits on the NRPF Board of Directors, which also includes musician/producer T-Bone Burnett and Jonathon Poneman, the co-founder of Sub Pop Records.

Earlier this year, White’s most recent album, Blunderbuss, was certified gold status (500,000 copies sold).

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