Thomas Johansson receives award
The Swedish Government’s 2018 Special Prize for long-standing contributions to Swedish music exports has been awarded to Thomas Johansson.

Thomas Johansson founded live entertainment company EMA Telstar in 1969, bringing international acts to Sweden and managing ABBA’s touring, as well as that of many other Swedish acts. EMA Telstar joined Live Nation over ten years ago. Today Johansson is Live Nation’s chairman of international music and the Nordics.

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.”

Pictured from left: Thomas Johansson, Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde, Ludwig Göransson och Ulla Sjöström.