Justin Timberlake Donates $200,000 to Memphis Music Organizations

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Memphis native and music star Justin Timberlake has made two separate donations of $100,000 to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and to the Memphis Music Foundation. Timberlake, in Memphis for filming on the independent movie, The Open Road, presented a check to Rock 'n' Soul Museum executive director, John Doyle, and museum Board Chairman, Joel Hobson, and to Dean Deyo, president of the Memphis Music Foundation on Thursday.

From the press release: Timberlake, 27, was born in Memphis and grew up in Millington. Since rising to super stardom as an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor, he has continued to promote and support his hometown, including making an earlier financial gift to E.E. Jeter Elementary School, which he attended, to support music education. "Music education and keeping the legacy of Memphis Music alive has always been important to me," said Timberlake. "That is why I will always continue to support my home town the same way they have always supported me."

The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum will utilize the gift to further achieve its mission of "telling the story of Memphis music and perpetuating its legacy" and to advance music education for students throughout Shelby County.

"Like musicians around the globe, he has always recognized the musical magic of this city, and he has never stopped promoting it," said Doyle. "He has never stopped giving back to the community, to the local music industry, and to young people. The museum is honored by his generosity, honored by his recognition of the museum's message, and honored that he is from Memphis."

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