21st Century renaissance man Jack White has impressed over the years as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, producer, label head and Record Store Day ambassador and upholsterer.
This year he’s also established himself as a high profile philanthropist donating massive amounts of money to a number of music related causes.
Today we found out that the Nashville based artist made a $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation an “independent, non-profit charitable corporation established by the U.S. Congress. Its mission is to support archives, libraries, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America's radio, music and recorded sound heritage.”
This money is a “game changer” the NRPF’s Executive Director Gerald Seligman.
The hope being that White’s “extraordinarily generous donation inspires many others, 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.” said NRFP Chairman Sam Brylawski.
This isn’t the first time this year that JW has busted out the check book. Earlier he made a generous donation of $142,000 to Detroit’s Masonic Temple in the spring. The music venue – who hosted The White Stripes a number of times over the years – was facing closure due to unpaid back taxes.