Sting donates Swedish music prize money to refugees in Sweden

Source:AFP Published: 2017/7/11 17:08:40

British rock star Sting said on Monday he has donated the prize money from a prestigious Swedish music award to a nonprofit 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 1 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 noted.

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