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October 22, 2021

New podcast episode out now!

Episode 5 of the Polar Music Prize podcast is out!

Cedwin Sandanam has been the artistic director of the Tensta Gospel Choir since 2005. He has been instrumental in transforming the choir from a local, social initiative to a musical superpower that has been hailed by a united press corps and performed on some of the country's most prestigious stages.

We talk about the journey with Tensta Gospel Choir, the role of religion within music, and whether creed is a necessity in order to get in touch with spirituality and convey it through ones music.

October 17, 2021

Anna Netrebko received the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm

Last night Anna Netrebko personally received the Polar Music Prize from HM Queen Silvia, in connection with a magnificent concert at Konserthuset Stockholm. Due to the covid 19-pandemic the ceremony planned for June 2020 had to be cancelled. We are so happy and grateful to have been able to meet Anna Netrebko and present her with 2020’s prize.

October 15, 2021

New outfit!

In addition to planning the festivities for 2022, we have rebuilt our website and updated our logo. You might already have seen the new logotype here and there, now you can enter our entire universe in its new design here on our website as well.

Read about or Laureates from 1992 until today, check the Polar Talks from previous years, learn more about the prize or nominate the artist you think deserves a Polar Music Prize below.

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October 15, 2021

Anna Netrebko will receive the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm this weekend!

In connection to Anna Netrebko’s concert at Konserthuset Stockholm, on the evening of October 16th, H.M. Queen Silvia will present the award to the 2020 Polar Music Prize Laureate.

The 2020 award ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic, and it has not been possible to hand over the prize until now.


The Polar Music Prize Podcast!

What does the future of music look like? How will we consume music going forward? What happens in our brains when we listen to music, and what role has music played in ushering in social change over the course of history?

Journalist Nicholas Bonde has done a series of in-depth interviews with outstanding achievers within the world of music to answer these questions.

Episodes featuring Amanda Bergman from Amason, music tech entrepreneur Nick Holmsten, pianist and professor of cognitive neuroscience Fredrik Ullén and music journalist Jan Gradvall are out now on Spotify.

Coming up:
October 22: Cedwin Sandanam, Tensta Gospel Choir
October 29: Patrick Woodroffe, lighting designer and creative director for The Rolling Stones and Elton John
November 5: Marie Ledin, General Manager for the Polar Music Prize

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Diane Warren performed at the Oscars

Laureate of 2020 Diane Warren performed at the Oscars 2021 with Laura Pausini.

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