Polar Music Prize Days
Dizzy Gillespie © Polar Music Prize
Each year one of the world's most prestigious music awards is made in Stockholm, preceded by several days of activities such as live performances, workshops, seminars, film shows and exhibitions at various locations around the city. Stockholm comes alive with the celebration of music in this event, founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, manager of Scandinavian supergroup, ABBA. The name of the award comes from Anderson's legendary record label, Polar Music. The Polar Music Prize is awarded to individuals, groups and institutions across all music genres and all nations in recognition of exceptional achievements in music. The prize is administered by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has been won over the years by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King. Those interested in past winners can check out an anthology of award-winning music online in the virtual museum accessed via the official website. Tickets to the ceremonies and events are made available to the public but it is a good idea to buy them early as tickets are limited and demand is high.
Venue: Prize ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall; allied events at various venues around the city
Date: 9 June 2015