ENGLISH // About Kraumur

Kraumur Music Fund is an not-for-profit music office and fund based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Its primary aim is to enhance and strengthen the musical life in Iceland and support Icelandic artists in performing and presenting their work within and outside of Iceland.

Kraumur was established by the Aurora Charity Fund in 2008 as an independent organization to support Iceland’s music culture - with special attention given to new and emerging talent. Kraumur operates on both local and on international level and cooperates with various bodies within Iceland’s music sector.

Kraumur supports individual artists and bands in advancing their carriers by providing both professional assistance and direct grants for specified projects. To this date Kraumur has worked on and supported artist based projects ranging release of debut album to international touring to relasing

Kraumur also hosts its projects, including seminars and workshops - and special initiatives like; The Innras Touring Support Program and the annual Kraumur Awards (see below for further information).

The Board of Aurora Charity Fund released the following statement when establishing Kraumur Music Fund in Reykjavik, February 2008;

“Icelandic musical life has a special uniqueness, in particular because of the palpable power and boldness that characterise young musicians. The Sugarcubes and Björk pioneered the global explosion of Icelandic music, and many musicians have followed in their footsteps with amazing results. Today, the Icelandic music experience has become one of the strongest elements of the image that Iceland and Icelanders enjoy abroad. The unusual interplay of pop and classical music can be a driving force in ongoing successes. The support of young musicians in their works, and in various forms of cooperation, creates a stronger foundation under this important growth area of Icelandic culture.”

Managing director

Jóhann Ágúst Jóhannsson
johann[@]kraumur.is

Board

María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, chairman of the board
muzlimarkan[@]gmail.com

Ásmundur Jónsson
asi[@]smekkleysa.net

Eldar Ástþórsson
eldar[@]kraumur.is

Advisory board

  • Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, Programme director, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Árni Matthíasson, journalist
  • Björk, artist
  • Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir, radio show host at Iceland National Radio 1
  • Kjartan Sveinsson, artist, member of Sigur Rós
  • Mugison, (Örn Elías Guðmundsson) artist
  • and Sigtryggur Baldursson, director of Icelandic Music Export (IMX), and a founding member of the Sugarcubes

Address

Vonarstræti - IMX námskeið

Kraumur Music Fund office (visting address)
Vonarstræti 4b (basement)
101 Reykjavik
Iceland

Kraumur Music Fund postal address
P.O. Box 124
121 Reykjavik
Iceland

Artists

Since its creation in the beginninf of 2008 Kraumur has worked with and supported many of Iceland’s most exciting artists including; Amiina, Bang Gang, Bloodgroup, Bróðir Svartúlfs, Bryndís Jakobsdóttir, Celestine, Daníel Bjarnason, Dikta, Einar Scheving, Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, Feldberg, FM Belfast, For a Minor Reflection, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Hjaltalín, Hugi Guðmundsson, Ísafold, Lay Low, Leaves, Mammút, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Mógil, Mugison, Myrra, Njútón, Nordic Affect, Nögl, Ourlives, Ólafur Arnalds, Ólöf Arnalds, Pascal Pinon, Retro Stefson, Reykjavík!, Samúel J. Samúelsson Big Band, Seabear, Sign, Sin Fang Bous (Sindri Már Sigfússon), Skakkamanage, Sólstafir, Sudden Weather Change, Svavar Knútur, Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson and many, many more.

Kraumur Awards

Kraumur Awards is a music prize, organized by the Kraumur Music Fund, awarded for the best albums being released in Iceland. Nominations and the award winning albums are chosen by a selected panel of Icelandic music journalist and radio show hosts, with years of experience in playing and writing about Icelandic music. Wikipeida link.

“Innrásin” - Local Tour Support

In the spring of 2008 Kraumur Music Fund launched a special program called Innrásin (direct translation; Invasion), to support Icelandic artists to tour their country. The aim of the project is to provide artists with opportunaties to develop their carrier, increase their fanbase and promote their records. Wikipeida link.

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