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Good working days in LA

Our students Sara, Max, Sanna, Oscar and Zerrin on Internship in LA.

Made a short, intensive trip to LA for many good meetings with our music business contacts and friends over there. 

Also visited our students on Internship as well as former students now working for their labels in songwriting sessions around the city.

So happy for their successes!


Fantastic night on the ice with torches under the stars!

We celebrated the last winter nights with the students, walking on the ice at sea with torches under the clear moon lit sky, surrounded by stars.

A night to remember.

Now we are looking forward to the Spring to come!

Musikmakarna awarded by the Swedish Government! So proud!

With the Minister of Foreign Trade - Ann Linde - and the Minister of Foreign Affairs - Margot Wallström, Luwig Göransson and Thomas Johansson.

Photo by Sofia Nahringbauer/Regeringskansliet

The Government’s Music Export Prize 2018

The Government’s prize for extraordinary services to Swedish music exports in 2018 has been awarded to composer and producer Ludwig Göransson.

The Government’s 2018 Special Prize for long-standing contributions to Swedish music exports has been awarded this year to Thomas Johansson, Live Nation.

The Commendation for achievements of Particular Importance to the internationalisation of Swedish music has been awarded to Musikmakarna and Ulla Sjöström.


The winner of the Government’s Music Export Prize was presented during a ceremony at the International Press Centre. The prize is awarded each year to Swedish music creators who have contributed to export success and to spreading a modern and positive image of Sweden abroad.

“This year’s recipient of the Music Export Prize, Ludwig Göransson, is a clear example of how the Swedish music industry has created opportunities for people to boundlessly experiment and develop their talent and musicality to reach the absolute top world elite as music practitioners,” says Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde.

Ludwig Göransson became the 22nd winner of the Music Export Prize with the following citation:

“From Linköping to Los Angeles. From playing the drums so much to Metallica as an eight-year-old that he injured his thumb to basking in the limelight of pop music and popular culture. This composer and producer found his way early on to film music because it was full of opportunities. Because it was possible to mix and experiment so boundlessly with styles and rhythms – as he did last year on cinema screens across the world in ‘Black Panther’, ‘Creed II’ and ‘Venom’. The same thing happens in his music. The incredible song ‘This is America’, which combines hiphop, gospel, trap, afrobeat and more, took almost three years to complete with Childish Gambino. It is an important and much discussed song about today’s United States. In musical terms, it is an excellent declaration of who this boundless musician from Östra Götaland really is. He is certainly worthy of his nominations for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. As well as the three Grammys he won.”

Sweden had several major and important musical ambassadors in 2018, but no one shone as brightly and clearly as this year’s Music Export Prize winner – Ludwig Göransson.


The Special Prize for long-standing contributions to Swedish music exports went to Thomas Johansson, Live Nation, with the following citation:

“This year’s winner of the Special Prize has had a key position in Swedish music exports ever since he founded the concert company EMA Telstar in 1969. The fact that right from its inception EMA Telstar brought foreign superstars and undertakings to Sweden opened international doors that gave him a leading role in export contexts as well. In the early 1970s, he and EMA had primary responsibility for ABBA’s tours when they became global stars, and since then he has been directly and indirectly involved when leading Swedish artists have been exported to the world’s stages. He fully managed the world tours of Europe and Roxette. With the title Chairman International/Nordics in the company that is now called Live Nation Sweden, he has also regularly worked behind the scenes in recent decades for contemporary Swedish export artists such as the Cardigans, Peter Jöback and Zara Larsson. Fifty years after that first global endeavour, Thomas Johansson is still an essential part of building Swedish music exports.”


The Commendation for Achievements of Particular Importance to the internationalisation of Swedish music was awarded to Musikmakarna with the following citation:

“In recent years, the Swedish and international music industry has been on pilgrimage to Örnsköldsvik where, under the slogan ‘It all starts with a great song’, a community songwriter programme has been fostering tomorrow’s songwriters for 20 years and created a well-deserved reputation as a nursery for unique talents. Hitmakers such as LÉON, Agrin Rahmani, Joy & Linnea Deb, SKOTT, SHY Martin & SHY Nodi, and many more, have received the tools they needed to create brilliant careers as music creators.

Tireless work led by real enthusiasts with a passion for music, and Head Teacher Ulla Sjöström who never compromises her vision, have given Sweden not only its first songwriter programme but also major international musical success. In addition to raising an entire occupational category to unimaginable heights, the school has also made a major contribution to gender equality in the Swedish music industry.”


Published 06 March 2019

A fantastic year has passed! Keeping up the good work here!

Swedish selections to Eurovision 2019 - several songs from Musikmakarna. Here is Elvira, youngest producer ever in the competition! Proud of you all!

A fantastic year has passed. So many amazing things have happened! I did not even have time to update my "Backstage Blog" here!

But now I will keep you informed, just wait!

Beginning with some great news tomorrow!

Soon again!


February 2018

Loads of snow!

February came and left, a month when the Winter and Jack Frost partly had total control over us. In spite of that, here at Musikmakarna the cretivity and songwriting processes kept going on as usual with visits from an expert on Social Media, BLNK Music, Pernilla - the Kennel, and many more. 


Swedish Grammy followed the footsteps of #Metoo with all women decorated in orange coloured flowers, a reminder about that the fire is still burning. Many fantastic Swedish artists and music creators were honoured, well deserved.  Kenneth Gärdestad got standing ovations when he was invited up on stage to be awarded the Price of Honour for his many wonderful lyrics for his brother Ted Gärdestad, a timeless gift to the Swedish song treasure. This was the last time we got to thank and honur Kenneth, as he passed away in his cancer short thereafter. 


February 19th,  within our Project "Together for Equality", we arranged an AW-gathering in Stockholm for invited guests and organisations. Around 70 people attended and we had a very interesting evening together on the Theme Equality and Everyones Equal Rights. Among the participants were the Equalizer Project (Spotify, Swedish Music Publishers and MXM), ExMS (Export Music Sweden), UD - Ministery for Foreign Affairs, PopKollo, Musikgäris, Podium, Vem kan bli producent, BLNK, EQ Loves Music, Impra, Musikcentrum, Upfront Producer Network, MusikSverige, PRMD and more. The Audio Production Academy invited us to their nice facilities where many new contacts were taken that evening.


And then the Swedish Pre-Eurovision contest part 4 came to our little town! Musikmakarna students were personal hosts to all artists, program management and crew as well as press and were constantly ready with a helping hand if anyone needed something during the days in Örnsköldsvik. The TV-show on Saturday turned out, as usual, to be a big glittering party and everyone had fun! Felix Sandman was one of the artists who got voted to the Grand Final in Stockholm, - well deserved and specially exciting for us as he is one of the artists who previous have been attending at one of our Artists Songwriting Camps here at Musikmakarna, writing songs together with our students. The Musikmakarna Board were in place and after the Board meeting Saturday morning many of the competitors songwriters came by the school. A very interesting week! 


In the mean while, the sun came out on and off over high snow piles and warmed us up a little - well needed when the temperature during some days stayed below minus 20 degrees Celcius! 




January - a good start 2018!

Celebrating the news about approval of 3 more intakes at Musikmakarna -
Songwriters Adacemy of Sweden - with guest lecturer Johan Gustafson

The year started well and January came with lot´s of snow, enthusiastic students and interesting music-meetings at school and on Skype. The approval by the authorities of Yh - Advanced Vocational Education - of three more yearly intakes at Musikmakarna was this months highlight, which we celebrated together with happy posing guest lecturer Johan Gustafson. Johan is a former Musikmakarna student, previous member of the songwriting team "Trinity" and currently active as Sid Rosco. We can´t wait to start up new exciting ideas and projects for our songwriters and the school!



Packed Autumn at Musikmakarna!

Musikmakarna High Coast Songwriting Camp October 1st-5th at wonderful Ulvö Hotel with among others Robin Bengtsson. Eighteen songwriters and artists from six countries are working nearly 24/7 with new exciting songs. Find more info under "News"!

The Fall semester at Musikmakarna/Songwriters Academy of Sweden got a flying start with a range of super-interesting events. Musikmakarna second year students performed the project "Sounds Like Sweden" and spent 3 days and nights in the Outdoor Village "Friluftsbyn", Skule, where they wrote songs inspired of the nature around. The songs were presented at a public event, with guests like Jesper Thorsson, CEO at Export Music Sweden, and several other industry representatives.


The new students were introduced and went to Stockholm for their compulsary study week at music business companies. A Eurovision Camp followed, with the second- and first year students mixed in songwriting focused on songs for the Swedish Eurovision Competition. Our four international Fall semester students arrived and were introduced at the school. More info about them soon to come!


We invited the music industry representatives to "Musikmakarna After Work" in the cozy facilities at AP-Academy in Stockholm, where some 70 guests joined and got a status-update as well as meeting with students and alumnis.


Several branch visits have already taken place at school.


Our "High Coast Songwriting Camp" October 1st - 5th is right now on-going, in cooperation with Världsklass Örnsköldsvik. Many thanks to our fantastic main sponsors Östmans Musik and Hagström Guitars!


We are looking forward to a continued great Autumn here!


Pictures from Musikmakarna After Work in Stockholm.



Specialities from the North were served and enjoyed.




Students at "Sounds Like Sweden" in Skule, the High Coast of Sweden.

Time for International Students to apply!

If you want to apply for our 3 months Fall Program specially tailored for International, English speaking students, now it is your time!  

Apply latest June, 10th. Course starts September 14th and ends December 14th.

More information to be found if you scroll down here, read below the headline "Musikmakarna welcomes International Students! Apply now!".


Email 3 songs you have been writing yourself, or part of writing/producing, on MP3 files together with a describition of what you have contributed with on the 3 songs.

We also need a letter telling us who you are, why you want to be part of our course, what you have done until now, and what you are aiming for.

Welcome with your application to ulla@musikmakarna.se!


Ulla Sjöström

Head of School



International Students attending Musikmakarna

Izumi from Canada, Maxine from the Netherlands, Ulla, Cam and Kai from Los Angeles

Meet our wonderful International students! The four of them are attending our 3 months special International Spring Semester Program at Musikmakarna. They have now participated in many co-writing sessions with our students as well as in our national Artist-camp, our Musikmakarna Spring Camp, and met with quite a lot of Music branch representatives. You´ll get the chance to communicate with them further on to hear their opinion about the months spent at Musikmakarna. And in a near future we´ll announce the application details for our International 3 months Fall Program! Hang on!


Again - time for International Students!

Full speed in our house! The New Year 2017 has started good!


Nominations to Swedish Grammys, Radio P3 Gold, and several different awards on-going.

Many other interesting cuts and exciting placements, read under "News". 

Andreas Carlsson & partner is planning to open an AMB-school in Örnsköldsvik for kids 16-19, will be great!

Many international visits at Musikmakarna, among others from USA, Germany, and in January all the way from Australia.


In March-May we are welcoming international students on a special program for 3 months. We have approved a couple of brothers from LA and are just working with other possible requests right now. Very exciting! Read more about the conditions below.


We work hard and look forward to a good future! For all of us!


Best wishes to you!



Musikmakarna welcomes international students! Apply now!

We're happy to announce that Musikmakarna/Songwriters Academy of Sweden will welcome a small and exclusive number of International students for the spring semester, from March 1st until May  24th, 2017.

As an international student you will be integrated with the Swedish Musikmakarna students and share songwriting tasks and camps with them. Other lessons will be custom-tailored for the international group. Additionally, you will be provided with a personal mentor during the approximately 3 months of studies.


You will have the opportunity to show your work to visiting representatives from the music industry, work with real leads from music labels and companies, and be given personal feedback and possible pitching opportunities. Our skilled and experienced staff will guide you through the lessons and supervise your development.


Upon completion of your studies you will be awarded a Graduation Diploma from the school.


Subjects include

Music rights, Computer & Software skills, Creative Writing, Production and Mastering, Popular Music Composition and Music Production.


You will be given full 24/7 access to the school in addition to a small working studio, equipped with a Mac computer, Logic software and other tools/instruments of the trade. Each working studio room will be used by 1 or 2 students.



March 1st – May 24th 2017



The city of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, located at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the High Coast.

To learn more about the High Coast visit www.hogakusten.com



By car: 560 km north of Stockholm.
By train: Approx. 5 hrs from Stockholm Central station.
By flight: Approx. 1 hrs flight to Gideå Airport from Stockholm Arlanda.



English proficiency (verbal/written)
Computer skills
Songwriting experience 


How to apply

Send an email to Mrs Ulla Sjöström, Head of School

Email: ulla@musikmakarna.se, Tel: +46 709 370133 


Application deadline 

February 10th


Make sure that you have a relevant insurance for staying in Sweden 3 months and, if needed, a 3 months Visa. 

Participating fee for 3 months: SEK 30 000:- (approximately 3150 Euros)


Accommodations in Örnsköldsvik

We can offer a room at B&B "Vindarnas Hus" close to the school. Price per month in shared double room SEK 3000:-/p, single 4500:-/p. 



Next opportunity will be during the Fall semester, beginning in September 2017. 

- Welcome with your application!

- And Welcome to our Music Family!


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