On Saturday, the Taylor Swift Education Center will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The center is the product of a $4 million donation pledged by Swift in 2012 – the largest single donation made by an artist in the museum’s 46-year history. Its facilities span two floors and include three classrooms and a “learning lab” as well as a children’s exhibit gallery, which will open next year. The center is opening earlier than expected - when Swift's donation was announced last year, it was slated for "early 2014."
“We are deeply indebted to Taylor for this wonderful gift, which will help us continue to fulfill our educational mission and serve our worldwide audience,” museum director Kyle Young said in the press release. “It is not an overstatement to say that the Taylor Swift Education Center will have a profound impact on our museum, our new campus, our city and even our country.” The Grammy winner hasn’t commented on her donation, letting the gift speak for itself.
Among the items set to be in that gallery are Swift’s songwriter/artist of the year awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association International -- and she'll be adding another trophy to that collection on Sunday.
The organization announced Tuesday that Swift will be named their songwriter/artist of the year for the sixth time during their annual awards and induction ceremony Sunday night at the Music City Center. Swift has now won the award more times than any other artist (surpassing five-time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson), and remains the youngest artist to receive the honor. The award is determined by chart performance and songwriting credits, and Swift was the sole songwriter or co-writer on 14 Top 30 songs from July 2012 through June 2013.