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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jack White Makes Six-Figure Donation to St. Louis' National Blues Museum

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 8:30 PM

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The National Blues Museum has a new benefactor: Jack White.

The museum, currently under construction in downtown St. Louis, announced tonight that it had received a six-figure donation from White, who is best known for his work with the White Stripes.

The donation will fund a museum feature called MIX IT UP, an interactive experience that allows patrons to use "intuitive editing tools" to "blend [musical] selections together and share their new compositions with others," according to the museum.

"Perhaps as well as anyone, Jack White understands that the blues is truly the foundation of all American music and remains relevant today," Rob Endicott, the museum's chairman of the board, said in a prepared release. "Through Jack's vision and generosity, we hope to inspire the next generation of Blues artists, historians and fans."

The $13 million museum is expected to open by the year's end. Other well-known musicians who've anted up are Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks, as well as St. Louis native John Goodman.

See also: Why Jack White Is the Most Important Rock Star of the 21st Century

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