Taylor Swift Marks 24th Birthday with $100,000 Gift to Nashville Symphony

The Nashville Tennessean reports that Taylor marked her birthday December 13 by making a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony.  The organization tweeted that it was "profoundly grateful" for the donation, adding, "Thank you, Taylor, for supporting musicians & music in ! Happy Birthday!" According to the paper, the symphony was in financial crisis this year, and nearly lost one of its performance centers to foreclosure.

This isn't the first substantial donation that Taylor's made to the city of Nashville. Two months ago, the Taylor Swift Education Center in Nashville opened; it was created thanks to a four-million-dollar donation the singer made to the Country Music Hall of Fame last year.

Meanwhile, Taylor was in Melbourne, Australia on Friday for her birthday celebration, and tweeted a series of photos of her party, which she called "the best birthday I've ever had."  It took place in a gardenin Melbourne, and involved sparklers, beautiful floral centerpiecesred balloons, and special guestLorde.  Taylor has apparently adopted the 17-year-old "Royals" singer as her new BFF — the two were spotted having dinner together earlier this week, and a month ago, they had lunch together in New York City.

Taylor then wrapped up her RED tour for 2013 on Saturday.  She's back onstage in February, doing a string of shows at London's O2 arena.

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