The Royal Swedish Academy of Music was established in 1771 during the reign of Gustaf III. According to its first statutes, signed by the King himself, the Academy was to promote “that which belongs to the Musical Diciplines, Composition as well as Excecution” and to see to it “that new musical and poetical works are written and critically examined” and, further, that “ of native born Swedish youth, to select those appropriately gifted and at the expense of the Academy to teach them Composition, Singing and Musical Instruments, each according to inclination.”
The Academy todayFor generations these lofty goals have been entrusted to the Academy. In a continuously changing musical culture –from the period of court-affiliated musicians and “connoisseurs of music“ to the development of a governmental department for administration of music education – the role of the Academy has been central.
During the 1960s and 70s steps were taken to transform the century-old official administration functions to that of a free and independent academy. In 1971 the responsibility for post-secondary music education was assume by the National Agency for Higher Education. In 1982 the Swedish National Collections of Music was formed, which administers the affair of the Music Library of Sweden, the Swedish Music History Archive, and the Music Museum.
The diversified pursuits of the Academy today are based on a large number of scholarships and endowment funds, various specialized committees and publishing activities. Scholarships totalling 5 million Swedish Kronor are awarded annually to talented young people for music studies.
OrganisationThe Academy now has 170 Swedish members elected from different spheres of the musical community, in addition to the 60-some foreign members designated from among the eminent music personages of our time. The members meet five times per year.
The Academy is headed by a Board, its President and two Vice Presidents. A Permanent Secretary with office staff carries out the daily work of the Academy. The Academy has its beautiful offices in the 17th century former hotel for foreign ministers at Blasieholmstorg in Stockholm.