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Jack White Donates $200,000 to National Recording Preservation Foundation

Image courtesy of Jo McCaughey (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Jo McCaughey (via ABC News Radio)

Jack White is doing his part to help preserve America’s recorded sound history. The ex- White Stripes singer has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation , a non-profit organization affiliated with the Library of Congress, to help “stem the flow of serious losses to America's unparalleled radio, music and recorded sound heritage.”

NRPF Executive Director  Gerald Seligman says that thanks to White’s generosity, the foundation can begin work on the first stage of its mission. “With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan -- and give out our first grants,” he explains in a statement. “We're committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months."

In addition to helping support the organization financially, White will also sit on its board of directors. NRPF chairman  Sam Brylawski notes that he hopes White’s donation will inspire other members of the music community to give generously to the organization so they can “preserve and make accessible recent and historical recordings [which are] at risk of loss."

White’s no stranger to contributing to charitable causes.  The singer was recently revealed to be the anonymous donor who paid $142,000 in back taxes to save Detroit's Masonic Temple from foreclosure.

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