Yesterday, Jack White donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. The National Recording Preservation Foundation is an independent, non-profit charitable corporation. The NRPF works closely with the Library Congress. Its mission is to support archives, libraries, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America’s radio, music and recorded sound heritage.
Executive Director Gerald Seligman called White’s donation a “game changer.” White’s contribution was the first the NRPF received and therefore opens the conversation for furthering the needs and priorities of audio preservation. Seligman explained that “with this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan – and give out our first grants.”
White is a member of the board of directors for the NRPF, where he is listed as a musician, producer and label owner.
Sam Brylawksi, the chairman of the National Recording Preservation Board, hopes 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.”
This is not White’s first act of significant kindness. Last month he donated $142,000 towards Detroit’s Masonic Temple to save it from foreclosure.