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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 10, 2016. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017, inheriting a country fraught with deep divisions after a tumultuous election season. While he is currently putting together his Cabinet, his Inaugural Committee is busy planning the activities surrounding Inauguration Day.

Thomas Barrack Jr., the chairman of Trump’s Inaugural Committee, told the New York Times that the president-elect wants a “simple affair.”

“He wants this to be about the people,” Barrack said.

However, the real estate mogul is hoping to raise approximately $65 million to $75 million and will allow big corporations and donors to give money for the Jan. 20 event. In 2009, then-Sen. Barack Obama had banned donations from lobbyists, political action committees and corporations, and put a cap of $50,000 on individual donations. He, however, relaxed rules for his 2013 inauguration, which followed one of the most expensive presidential campaigns in history. Corporations were allowed to donate money and the cap on individual donations was increased.

Trump will seek corporate donations of up to $1 million and even allow donations from political action committees on a case-by-case basis. The real estate mogul’s fundraising total would beat Obama’s both in 2009 and 2013.

The real estate mogul has already secured nearly $50 million in pledged donations since his Inaugural Committee began fundraising last week, reports said.

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A supporter of President-elect Donald Trump holds a sign at the USA Thank You Tour event at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Dec. 8, 2016. REUTERS/SHANNON STAPLETON

Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee features many of his campaign donors as the committee’s finance vice-chairs. Conservative mega donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, Wisconsin billionaire Diane Hendricks and California venture capitalist Elliott Broidy are some of the 17 people listed as finance vice-chairs.

The president-elect is expected to attend two official inaugural balls, much less than the 10 inaugural balls Obama attended in 2009.

For the first time in two decades, no public school marching band in Washington, D.C., signed up to perform at the inaugural parade, NBC Washington reported. Schools had to apply by Nov. 28 in order to play at the parade. The deadline was, however, extended to Dec. 5 to give schools more time to send in their applications to the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, a group of U.S. troops who assist with the activities surrounding Inauguration Day.

The applications are then passed on to the Presidential Inaugural Committee who pick the school band to perform at the parade. But a Washington, D.C., public schools spokeswoman told NBC she wasn’t aware of a single school in the district that had applied.

However, 16-year-old singer Jackie Evancho has been roped in to sing the national anthem at the inauguration.

“I’m so excited. It’s going to be awesome,” the 2010 “America’s Got Talent” runner-up reportedly said Wednesday.

Tickets to the inauguration are free but it’s best to apply as soon as possible given the large number of citizens who would want to witness the Jan. 20 event. You can apply for the tickets through your local representative or senator’s office for any number of tickets you want. Most offices will issue tickets based on a lottery system due to the limited availability of passes.