Jack White apparently really loves vintage music, and vintage recordings, for that matter—and this week, he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The Washington Post reports that the rock guitarist is donating $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, which has been set up as part of a government effort to organize and preserve recorded music, radio and sound history.
The foundation, set up last year, is a public private partnership, which means the government matches funds given by private donors. White’s donation will enable the organization to begin work immediately to implement the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan.
The immediate focus, according to Executive Director Gerald Seligman, is the saving of rapidly deteriorating recordings to magnetic tape from the 1940s and 1950s. “Here we have a whole nation of cultural heritage in recorded sound,” he told the Post. “A lot of it is in precarious shape. Some was recorded on very fragile media — like old cylinders, acetates, reel-to-reel tapes — and it’s turning into shards.”
Jack White is a member of the board of the National Recording Preservation Foundation, serving with a roster that includes producer/musician T-Bone Burnett, Tonight Show bandleader Ricky Minor, and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, among others. Earlier this year, White was the official 2013 ambassador for Record Store Day, a Saturday each April set aside to celebrate and encourage support of independent record retailers.
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