In a letter to music director Ludovic Morlot, Swift said she was inspired to donate by a recording of John Luther Adams’ Grammy-winning “Become Ocean,” which the symphony commissioned, according to the Seattle Times. Swift reportedly wrote that the composition reminded her of going to the symphony with her grandmother.
“I was thrilled to hear that Taylor was moved by ‘Become Ocean,’” Morlot said in a statement to the Seattle Times. “This is a powerful piece with a unique soundscape.”
According to the Seattle Times, "Swift’s donation is earmarked for two Seattle Symphony programs: Link Up, a music-education program for elementary-school students -- which sends teaching artists into classrooms for weekslong residencies -- and its musicians’ pension fund. Link Up has an annual budget of $360,000."
In addition to enjoying symphony music, most recently Swift has been in Australia and New Zealand wrapping up the final days of her blockbuster 1989 Tour. She took 125 of the tour's behind-the-scenes crew members on a vacation to Hamilton Island to thank them for their hard work over the past year.