May 19, 2010

ASCAP Affiliates Ennio Morricone and Björk Awarded Polar Music Prize

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone



Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone (SIAE/ASCAP) and innovative pop music icon Björk (PRS/ASCAP) have been named the 2010 Polar Music Prize laureates. This international music prize is awarded to two individuals, groups or institutions each year in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music.

The laureates will receive the prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on Monday August 30th, 2010. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Swedish television. Later in the evening, a summary of the ceremony will be broadcast.

The official 2010 Polar Music Prize citations:

Ennio Morricone:

The Polar Music Prize 2010 is being awarded to Italian composer, arranger and conductor Ennio Morricone. Ennio Morricone's congenial compositions and arrangements lift our existence to another plane, making the mundane feel like dramatic scenes in full Cinemascope. When, in 1964, Ennio Morricone scored the soundtrack for the Western "A Fistful of Dollars" ("Per un pugno di dollari"), budgetary constraints prevented him from using a full orchestra. Instead, he built up a brand new kind of music that set the tone for half a century of film music, but also influenced and inspired a number of musicians in the spheres of pop, rock and classical music.

Björk Citation:

The Polar Music Prize 2010 is being awarded to Icelandic artist Björk. With her deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice, Björk has already made an indelible mark on pop music and modern culture at large, despite her relative youth. No other artist moves so freely between avant-garde and pop. With her albums and videos, Björk has taken avant-garde to the top of the charts. She has also always embraced technological advances, combining computers with ancient sounds. Björk has introduced an arctic temperament to popular music and shown how passionate and explosive it can be. Björk is an untameable force of nature, an artist who marches to nobody's tune but her own.

About the Polar Music Prize:

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, the publisher, lyricist and manager of ABBA. Its name stems from Anderson's legendary record label, Polar Music. The Polar Music Prize has become one of the most prestigious music prizes in the world. Previous winners include such ASCAP members and affiliates as Sir Paul McCartney (PRS), Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez (GEMA), Bruce Springsteen, Ravi Shankar, Iannis Xenakis (SACEM), Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, Karlheinz Stockhausen (GEMA) and Led Zeppelin.

The board of the Polar Music Prize Foundation consists of representatives from the Stig Anderson family, SKAP (The Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers) and STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society). The task of scrutinizing nominations and selecting the laureates is given to The Polar Music Award Committee, comprising internationally renowned artists and musicians as well as other key figures in the Swedish music industry.

For more information about the Polar Music Prize, visit