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Taylor Swift Helps Iconic Nashville Record Store And Its Employees Financially In COVID-19 Relief

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By Yuriy Andriyashchuk

Taylor Swift has been making big impacts in communities lately that have needed help the most. After devastating tornadoes hit the Nashville area on March 3, she pop star donated $1 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.

Now, Swift is making another difference in the Nashville community and that involves helping a local record store financially in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Rolling Stone. The store on the end of this generous support is called Grimey’s New and Preloved Music.

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Grimey’s co-owner Doyle Davis, confirmed last week that Swift sent in donations that would help employees after the store had to temporarily close due to the pandemic. Davis was surprised by the move by Swift as she was already impressed with her efforts in helping out the city in regards to tornado relief efforts.

“We were very surprised, and I would have to say amazed, that Taylor Swift reached out to us through her publicist to offer some relief during the Covid-19 pandemic."

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“I didn’t even know we were on her radar, but she really stepped up to help after the recent tornadoes that struck Nashville and middle Tennessee, and now she’s trying to help a beloved small business in her city."

Grimey's employees will now have three months of health care costs in their group-insurance plan. This amazing move by Swift takes off a lot of weigh off of their backs as many Americans are starting to experience financial hardship during this pandemic.

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"She generously offered some direct relief to my staff and to cover three months of our health care costs for our group-insurance plan. It’s a huge deal to us, and now I have some peace of mind as we apply for [Small Business Association] loans to pay rent, vendors, and other expenses,” he told RS. “This assistance from Ms. Swift helps give us a real shot at coming back on the other side of this.”

Grimey's has been in business for 20 years and has been iconic in the city of Nashville. In 2018, it was on Rolling Stone's list of 10 Best Record Stores In America.

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In 2019, Swift had another great year musically. She released her seventh studio album 'Lover,' which was led by the singles "Me!" featuring Brandon Urie, "You Need To Calm Down," "Lover," and "The Man." It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has since been certified 2x platinum by the RIAA. She ended up receiving three Grammy nominations this year for You Need To Calm Down and Lover. Each were in the Best Pop Solo Performance and Song Of The Year Category.

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