Many famous Swedish artists in the music realm, from singers, to instrumentalists, songwriters and music video producers serve as inspirations to Swedish children.
While the likes of ABBA, Roxette, Robyn, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia (a.k.a. The Swedes), Ghost, and Tove Lo, have gained international recognition as performers, songwriters Max Martin. Shellback, Red One, Johan Renck, Jonas Åkerlund and the late Denniz Pop are famous as behind-the-scene, chart-topping songwriters and music video producers for Backstreet Boys, ‘N Synce, Usher, Pink, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
Music is etched in the hearts and minds of Swedish people starting from infancy, as most Swedish parents love to croon lullabies and sing children’s songs to their babies and toddlers. Modern-day Swedish parents even make it a point to buy 2-way communication baby monitors so they can remotely soothe their baby back to sleep by singing lullabies even while in another room. The best-in-tests baby monitors (babymonitor bäst i test) produce not only high definition images but also high quality audio.
Factors that Help Shape the Future of Aspiring Swedish Musicians
Truthfully, there are different factors that impact Swedish children’s interest in music that come from various sectors.
The Kommunala Musikskolan or Kulturskolan, are widely popular municipal music and arts schools that lots of children are interested in attending even if they aren’t compulsory. These music schools are sponsored and administered by local municipalities to give children access to music lessons and various music instruments. In having a chance to try out different instruments, they eventually choose one that to which they can apply their natural talent.
The Sveriges Körförbund or the Swedish Choir Union, is a union that represents around 600,000 Swedish choir singers, making the country one of the distinguished group of choir-dense nations. Their interest in choir singing follows a deep-rooted culture of singing folk songs as a choral tradition, particularly during Midsummer and Christmas festivities.
The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet), is a government agency that provides support to artists and musicians belonging to different categories. The agency not only do bestow yearly music awards, but also gives annual grants totaling up to SEK 2.5 billion.
Startup Swedish musicians can pick and apply among the 10 various grants offered by the government agency. Ay the height of the coronavirus pandemic, The Swedish Arts Council extended financial help to Swedish musicians affected by the cancellations of local and international music events.
Export Music Sweden is a non-profit entity whose main mission is to support budding songwriters, musicians, companies, and recording artists. The support is also available to those eyeing to go international as a means to promote Sweden’s music industry.