Taylor Swift has taken her coronavirus aid to a new level by covering employee salaries and healthcare costs for those working at Nashville's Grimey’s New & Preloved Music.
Swift is one of a few artists that have been sending money to fans experiencing financial issues during the coronavirus pandemic. But today (1 April), Rolling Stone reports that Swift is supporting a Nashville record store too.
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music had to close its doors and send their employees home for the lockdown, and, like many independent record stores, the shop was facing an uncertain future after the pandemic.
Swift decided to help the record store out, and is paying their employee wages and three months of healthcare costs.
The record shop co-owner Doyle Davis told Rolling Stone, "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. Taylor generously offered some direct relief to my staff and to cover three months of our health care costs for our group-insurance plan,” he continues. “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. This assistance from Ms. Swift helps give us a real shot at coming back on the other side of this."
Grimey’s buyer Will Orman adds, "It’s incredibly heartening and totally surreal that Taylor Swift has offered to help us out in such a significant way. With so much uncertainty about what lies ahead, we’re deeply grateful to be able to look forward to returning to the store and continuing to share music and connect with our community, thanks to Taylor’s generous support."