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Sting

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Max Martin

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The Polar Music Prize is an international music prize celebrating the power and importance of music.

Polar Music Prize

The Laureates of 2019

Grandmaster Flash, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Playing For Change Foundation are the Laureates of 2019! Read more here >>>

Polar Talks 2019

The Polar Music Prize proudly presents Polar Talks, an international conference joining forces between music, creativity, tech and impact. Artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians and innovators are brought together for talks, lectures and master classes to connect the creative strengths in music with the impact of technical and social opportunities.

Polar Talks 2019 aims to find solutions to tomorrow’s social and creative challenges. How can we drive positive change faster? What if creativity is the catalyst to the change needed to meet the UN Global Goals for a better world? How do we make more impact through the power of music?

We’re proud to announce that Polar Talks also features exclusive on stage interviews with this year’s Laureates: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Grandmaster Flash and the Playing for Change Foundation. 

The afternoon also offers a live performance from Swedish artist Janice, and live music by students from Musikhögskolan Ingesund.

The Polar Talks program is curated and presented by Lisa Lindström and Anna Ryott.

COMPLETE PROGRAM & TICKETS HERE

Polar Music Prize 2018

Laureates of 2018: Metallica, represented by Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass). (Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize)
Laureates of 2018: Dr Ahmad Sarmast & The Afghanistan National Institute of Music. (Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize)

Metallica and Dr Ahmad Sarmast and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music received the 2018 Polar Music Prize from the hands of H.M King Carl XVI Gustaf on June 14, 2018 in Stockholm.

Photos, videos and behind the scenes footage from the ceremony and banquet at Grand Hôtel are available on Flickr, Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. A huge thank you goes to our Laureates, guests, crew and especially the performing artists and musicians who made this evening very special and unique!

Stay tuned for 2019! More information will be published soon.

PREVIOUS YEARS

Revisit the past Polar Music Prize ceremonies, Polar Talks and other festivities by exploring our photo albums on Flickr and our Youtube channel.

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