Taylor Swift Fans Raise $1,000 to Publicly Humiliate Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun

Taylor Swift Fans Raise $1,000 To Publicly Shame Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun

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A pair of fans of Taylor Swift raised more than $1,000 in a GoFundMe a campaign to publicly support Swift in her ongoing battle with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta.

Haley Spalding and Kyle Graden used the funds to pay for two digital billboards in Nashville designed by another Swift fan: Isabel Rocha. Each billboard contains the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor, and one of them specifically goes after Borchetta by saying, “Scott, please let Taylor perform her own songs.”

The billboards, which will rotate with others above two banks, will run for a week not far from the offices of Borchetta and Braun’s Big Machine.

Spalding and Graden told Billboard that they were inspired to create the campaign after Swift asked her fans to denounce the efforts of both Braun and Borchetta to prevent Swift from performing some of her songs at the upcoming American Music Awards (AMAs).  Big Machine was also blocking licensing for a Netflix special featuring the superstar.

Swift has since then been cleared to perform her songs, at least at the AMAs.

Spalding says, “Taylor has been singing professionally since she was 14 years old, and she deserves the freedom to use that art. Taylor’s platform is so big that helping her helps every other artist, and we both are really passionate about that. So we wanted to do something besides tweet and post on Instagram and Facebook. We wanted to have something tangible that could start a conversation and that could show her that we’re supporting her at this time.”

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Spalding further says that raising the money was not difficult. “I threw up a GoFundMe on Twitter, and I was like, ‘Hey, [if] any Taylor Swift fans want to donate to this, we’re trying to get enough money to get a billboard for Taylor.’ And within hours we had $1,000 to get the billboard, and over 70 Taylor Swift fans had donated to it.”

5 Responses

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    Erin

    She is worth nearly half a billion dollars and they did a go fund me for her. Not a go fund me for food or clothing for those in need but for one of the wealthiest young women in the world. Ok then.

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      Zora

      While I agree that there are far more important issues to raise money for, this is also a major problem in the music industry especially for newer/growing artists. Every artist should have the right to perform their own songs and not be exploited or controlled by their labels. It’s a really good thing that she’s bringing this issue to light, as it will help many others. She’s creating a positive change and her fans are just trying to help. Please keep in mind that Taylor herself has raised awareness/donations for many other important causes such as cancer research, natural disasters, sexism, and human rights.

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        Kube

        Thats the problem… “their own songs”. They aren’t. Songs are made by multi people and cost money, payed by the labels. So in the end… the label is the only rightful owner of the master tape (song) and how it can be exploited.
        It doesn’t matter how much people worked on it… it’s NOT there song.
        They are the creative creators and have their share in royalties and rights by ASCAP/BMI.

        A interior painter is not the owner of the building…