Jack White continues to put that White Stripes money to good use. Earlier this year, White prevented the foreclosure of Detroit’s Masonic Temple after paying off $142,000 in back taxes. Now, as Billboard reports, he’s contributed $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Working closely with the Library Congress, the National Recording Preservation Foundation “is a public/private partnership established to preserve and make accessible the recorded sounds of the United States… The NRPF is uniquely positioned to raise the necessary funds, marshal the expertise of skilled professionals, and reach out to the recorded sound community to build support for preserving our nations audio treasures.”
As NRPF Executive Director Gerald Seligman explained to Billboard, White’s donation is our first and therefore provides the welcome opportunity to go from talk about the needs and priorities of audio preservation to concerted action. With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan and give out our first grants. We’re committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months.
To go along with his financial contribution, White is on the board of directors for the NRPF, where hes listed as a musician, producer and label owner.