Everyone’s favorite musical benefactor is up to more good. After donating $142,000 to save Detroit’s Masonic Temple to be the Jack White Theatre—last month, Jack White is now lending aid to the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
The NRPF, a non-profit established by the U.S. Congress, supports archives, cultural institutions and others whose mission is to preserve America’s radio, music and recorded heritage. Some of the material is currently in a precarious shape with the deterioration of original materials like cylinders and reel-to-reel tapes and the development of new technologies. This first major donation from Mr. White enables the fledgling corporation to put its plans into action.
“The donation is very much a game changer,” said Executive Director Gerald Seligman in a statement. “It 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.”
Sam Brylawski, the Chairman of the National Recording Preservation Board, added that he hopes “that Mr. White’s extraordinarily generous donation inspires many others, especially those in the recording business…to follow his lead to help ensure that we are able to preserve and make accessible recent and historical recordings at risk of loss.”
White is a member on the National Recording Preservation Foundation Board, and listed as a musician, producer and label owner of Third Man Records. He’s also recently preserved musical history by reissuing singles from Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas and The Prisonaires.