Metallica has donated the one million Swedish krona (C$149,851) Polar Music Prize award to three different charities, including one fellow Polar winner.

Founded in 1989 by Abba’s manager Stig ”Stikkan” Anderson, the Polar Prize “celebrates the power and importance of music and is awarded to individuals, groups or institutions for international recognition of excellence in the world of music.” Past winners have included musical elite such as Paul Simon, Sting, Björk, Led Zeppelin, Ravi Shankar and Joni Mitchell.

Through Metallica’s own All Within My Hands charity the band will be donating 50 percent of their award proceeds towards homeless support organization Stockholm City Mission, while another 25 percent will go to World Childhood Foundation, which was founded in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Continue reading Aaron Brophy’s story on the SamaritanMag website.



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