Writing BLes – After receiving the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm from the hands of King Gustavo of Sweden on June 14th, the rock band Metallica donated the economic prize (around U $130,000) to three charities.
Billboard reported that the band donated 50% of the award to Stockholm City Mission, which helps homeless people; 25% to World Childhood fundation, Swedish Foundation; and 25% to the National Music Institute of Afghanistan (ANIM), who also received the Polar music Prize this year.
They received the award on behalf of the band Lars Ulrich and Roberto Trujillo.
"Through the reproduction of virtuous ensembles and their use of extremely accelerated rhythms, Metallica has taken rock music to places that it had never seen before," said Polar Music Prize in announcing the award.
"Many of the winners of the Polar Music Prize have donated their prize money to charity in the last few years," said the General Director of the award to Billboard Marie Ledin.
"It's not something we ask, but we appreciate your generosity. I know that my father, Stig Anderson, would be very happy and proud to hear about the great charitable donations of our winners, "he added.
This year's award was also for the National Institute of Afghan Music recognizing "how this foundation has used the power of music to transform the lives of young people... their commitment to preserving Afghan musical heritage in an environment of Safe learning for hundreds of boys and girls, "Polar Music Prize reported on its website.
Polar Music Prize was created by Benny Anderson, the manager of the famous musical group ABBA, who founded and financed the award in the late 1980. The first ceremony was held in 1992, rewarding Paul McCartney as well as the Baltic states, which had just left the Soviet Union.
Known as the "Nobel" of music, he has awarded famous classical and contemporary music artists such as B.B. King, Pink Floyd, Elton John and others.