Welcome to New York — it has been waiting for your donation.
Taylor Swift said on The View last October she would donate proceeds from “Welcome to New York,” her 1989 ode to her adopted hometown, to New York City public schools. She has now given at least $50,000 to the city’s Department of Education, an official has confirmed to Capital New York (via Gothamist) in response to a Freedom of Information request.
There’s no word yet from Swift’s camp on what portion of the song’s proceeds she donated or whether future donations are still in the cards. Regarding “Welcome to New York,” she told The View, “It’s selling really, really well, which is good because I’m donating all my proceeds to New York City public schools.”
Capital New York reckons Swift’s proceeds from “Welcome to New York” would probably have totaled more than $50,000. That’s considering it sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States alone, artists tend to receive about 10 cents from 99-cent iTunes singles and this song cost $1.29 on iTunes.
The New York City Department of Education has a budget of $25.9 billion for 2014-2015.
The city’s official tourism group named her NYC’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” the day of 1989‘s release. The organization, NYC & Company, told Capital FM she was an unpaid volunteer for the role.
If there were any extra proceeds above and beyond that $50K, Swift should be forgiven if she spent them at one of “our friends,” bodegas.