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Polar Prize

Music "Nobel Prize" to Gabriel and Abreu

Published söndag 30 augusti 2009 kl 17.05
Peter Gabriel (left) and José Antonio Abreu

Monday sees the awarding of this year’s Polar Music Prize well-known British singer and advocate for world music Peter Gabriel, and Venezuelan conductor, composer, and economist José Antonio Abreu, who has worked to improve the lives of the poor children of his country.

Created in 1989 by Stikkan Andersson, the manager of the Swedish super pop group ABBA, The Polar Prize is awarded to individuals and groups in recognition of exception achievements in music.

It’s kind of a musical Nobel Prize, carrying with it a cash award of one million Swedish kronor, (just over 120 thousand US dollars), and presented by Sweden’s King Carl Gustav in a special ceremony at Stockholm’s Concert House on August 31.

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