Sting do­nates Swedish mu­sic prize money to refugees

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Bri­tish rock star Sting said yes­ter­day he has do­nated the prize money from a pres­ti­gious Swedish mu­sic award to a non-profit project which helps young refugees in Swe­den in­te­grate through mu­sic. Known for pro­mot­ing hu­man rights through his mu­sic, the 65-year-old singer and US jazz star Wayne Shorter in Fe­bru­ary won the 2017 Swedish Po­lar Mu­sic Prize, which awards each lau­re­ate one mil­lion kro­nor (104,000 eu­ros, $118,000).

“I was deeply hon­ored to re­ceive this year’s Swedish Po­lar Mu­sic Prize and now, I am de­lighted to do­nate the prize money to the Swedish youth ini­tia­tive Song­lines,” Sting said in a state­ment re­leased on the project’s web­site. “Mu­sic can help build bridges and this project high­lights the vi­tal role that mu­sic can play in pro­vid­ing young refugees the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with a new so­ci­ety,” he added. The Song­lines project in­volves young asy­lum seek­ers mostly from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Syria who have fled war and now stay at refugee shel­ters in Swe­den. The project says it of­fers them mu­si­cal ac­tiv­i­ties to help them in­te­grate into so­ci­ety.

“Mu­sic is a fan­tas­tic tool for in­te­gra­tion! Through mu­sic, new friend­ships are formed and lan­guage skills are de­vel­oped,” Ju­lia Sand­wall, na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for Song­lines, said in the state­ment. The project will spend the prize money on or­ga­niz­ing mu­sic camps, ar­rang­ing con­certs and buy­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments for the young refugees. Sting won in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion as a mem­ber of the rock group The Po­lice, which re­leased its hit song “Roxanne” in 1979 and “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” the fol­low­ing year. The Po­lar Mu­sic Prize hon­ors two lau­re­ates ev­ery year to “cel­e­brate mu­sic in all its var­i­ous forms” and “to break down mu­si­cal bound­aries by bring­ing to­gether peo­ple from all the dif­fer­ent worlds of mu­sic.” — AFP

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