Taylor Swift’s Speak Now … Help Now Rehearsal Show Raises $750,000
Taylor Swift opened up her heart and her rehearsals for the forthcoming Speak Now Tour -- which officially kicks off this Friday, May 27 in Omaha -- to a select set of fans on May 21 as her way to raise money for the victims of the tornadoes that have ravaged the south. The Nashville concert, dubbed "Speak Now ... Help Now," raised over $750,000 in aid money for those whose lives have been torn about by this natural disaster.
It also gave Swift fans a chance to see her new stage set up in advance of the tour launch. It was a gift that kept on giving to both fans and victims of the tornadoes. Fans not in Tennessee were able to view some of the show via a stream, too. Nice work, Taylor.
Swift spoke about how she came up with the plan to allow fans to view the rehearsal, saying that a dry run was what gave her the bright idea in the first place. Swift said, "One of my dancers lives in Alabama and showed photos of a backyard cyclone and I thought, 'If there was any way I could help with damage done and families who lost homes, I had to think of one.' Here we are at a rehearsal, in an arena, with empty seats. What if we fill those seats? And give the proceeds the the victims of the tornadoes?" It was an ingenious idea, and it did round up quite a bit of relief funds, too!
During the course of the two-hour show’s theatrical presentation, Miss Swift showed off her array of talents and played acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, banjo and piano. It was an out and out success, as fans started lining up for the Speak Now … Help Now special event at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena around 6AM on Friday, more than 36 hours before doors opened for the capacity crowd of 13,700 in attendance.
The event raised over $750,000, and 100 percent of ticket sales are donated directly to the tornado victims via the Speak Now … Help Now Fund established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Taylor Swift truly has a helpful heart.
Don't forget: Swift will premiere the video for her new single 'The Story of Us' tomorrow on MTV and MTV.com. Beginning at 7:53 PM ET on MTV and MTV.com, Taylor will introduce the never-before-seen music video and be interviewed by Sway live on-air. Immediately following, she will participate in an additional 30-minute interview with Sway on MTV.com, where she will answer fan questions. The video airs at 8PM on the button on MTV.com.
Swift also cleaned up at a Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, collecting three trophies.
Watch a Preview of Taylor Swift's 'The Story of Us' Video