Sting donates money from music award to help young refugees in Sweden

British singer musician and composer Sting perfoms on stage at Royal Theatre of Madrid, Spain, on July 5, 2017.
British singer musician and composer Sting perfoms on stage at Royal Theatre of Madrid, Spain, on July 5, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - British rock star Sting on Monday (July 10) said he has passed on the money he received 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 and US jazz star Wayne Shorter in February won the 2017 Swedish Polar Music Prize, which awards each laureate one million kronor (S$163,000).

"I was deeply honoured to be awarded the Polar prize this year and I am pleased to now donate the prize money to the Swedish youth initiative Songlines," Sting said on the project's website.

"Music can build bridges and this project illustrates what an important role music can play in giving young people on the run an opportunity to connect to 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.