Polar Music Prize Coming to NYC to Talk Sweden's Impact on Music

Max Martin
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Max Martin accepts the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical onstage at the Premiere Ceremony during The 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

Where would music be without Max Martin, Spotify or (shudder) ABBA? The Polar Music Prize has organized a special event in New York City to discuss the impact of Sweden on both popular music and the ever-evolving business behind it.

Emmylou Harris Named 2015 Polar Music Prize Laureate

The first-ever Polar Talks in NYC will take place on April 1 at Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem, and feature Swedish journalist Jan Gradvall in a discussion with New York Post writer Elisabeth Vincentelli and the New Yorker's John Seabrook. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, is also set to be interviewed. Olof Zetterberg, the CEO of Stockholm Business Region, will be on hand for interviews as well.

Singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris and virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie were recently named the Laureates for the 2015 Polar Music Prize, to be presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm on June 9. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, the manager and music publisher of ABBA

The prize was first presented in 1992. The long list of previous Laureates includes Paul McCartney, Elton John, B.B. King, Joni Mitchell, Renée Fleming, Stevie Wonder, Ennio Morricone, Bob DylanPink Floyd, Björk, Led Zeppelin, Miriam Makeba, Patti Smith, Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Burt Bacharach and Bruce Springsteen.


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