Every year, the organization SKAP (Swedish composers and lyricists) delivers scholarships to Swedish musicians who they feel have contributed to Swedish music and culture. This year, Opeth's mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt was awarded an exclusive scholarship for his services to the Swedish and international music scene.

Mikael was presented with the scholarship and diploma at an intimate event in the south side of Stockholm on the 9th of December.

Mikael Åkerfeldt commented: "I'm quite honored to receive this. Apparently you can't apply for this scholarship, a board of legendary musicians decide that you're the right person for this award. I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me. I'm happy and surprised there's some focus on heavy Swedish music and genuinely chuffed that they focused in on me. Through time I've been handed some awards and whatnot, but this one resonates more in me personally. No glitz and glamour, just some appreciation for what we and I do musically. It's well appreciated!"

The Swedes are currently preparing the follow-up to Heritage and the plan is to release it next year.

Source: opeth.com
Band profile: Opeth
Posted: 17.12.2013 by BloodTears

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akvan - 25.12.2013 at 10:04  
Written by Kass on 17.12.2013 at 20:54

Why so skinny?

maybe pain (in his brain,insane)
Unhealer - 29.12.2013 at 22:52  
Written by Angel N. on 24.12.2013 at 16:41

And isn't this award a kind of proof for his musical knowledge and to know musical theory as well ?

Yeah, sounds weird to give an scholarship to a guy that, probably, knows a lot in the first place to win a prize like this. In the specific case of Mikael though, he didn't have any musical formation, so it can be useful for him.

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