Polar Music Prize

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King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presents Gilberto Gil with the Polar Music Prize (2005)

The Polar Music Prize is a Swedish music prize that has usually been awarded annually to a pop artist and a classical musician since 1992; a music group can also be a prizewinner. The prize is endowed with 1 million crowns (approx. 110,000 euros). It is awarded by the Swedish king and is therefore considered the unofficial " Nobel prize for music"; he shares this reputation with the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize .

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Swedish businessman, producer and music publisher Stig Anderson and named after his label Polar Music . Today it is administered by the Stig Anderson Music Awards Foundation . Its board of directors, made up of members of Anderson's family and experts from the music industry, determines the twelve-person jury. The independent jury selects the winners from the nominations submitted both by the public and by the International Music Council .


The first woman among the winners: Joni Mitchell (1996)
The first music group among the winners: Led Zeppelin (2006)



  1. Polar prize: Metallica to receive 'Nobel prize of music' The Irish Times , 15 February 2018.
  2. Diane Warren, Anna Netrebko win 2020 Polar Music Prizes cbc.ca, February 11, 2020: “Swedish honor often described as the Nobel Prize of music”.
  3. N for Nobel Prize for Music musik-heute.de, March 29, 2011.
  4. About: The story behind the Polar Music Prize polarmusicprize.org
  5. Polar Music Prize Laureates polarmusicprize.org. The award winners are arranged chronologically, starting with the current award winner.
  6. The Baltic States: Laureate of the Polar Music Prize 1992 polarmusicprize.org
  7. Keith Jarrett: Laureate of the Polar Music Prize 2003 polarmusicprize.org
  8. The Afghanistan National Institute of Music: Laureate of the Polar Music Prize 2018 polarmusicprize.org

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