Creative Impact

Ragnar Berthling

Ragnar is Managing Director and Head of International Promotion at Musikcentrum Öst, a non-profit multi-genre agency and network for freelance musicians and bands under the support of The Swedish Arts Council. He is also co-founder of the global gender balance initiative Keychange and co-lead of the present edition, active from 2019 to 2024. Keychange is a collaboration of 12 countries and the project covers three areas — a career development project for female and non-binary artists, a pledge initiative for balanced programming and structures in festivals, music companies and organisations, and a campaign for political and structural gender balance in the global music industry.

With a background as a club organiser and musician from the ‘80s onwards, Berthling obtained a BA in film studies, followed by 20 years at the Swedish Film Institute, his roles including running distribution funds, being the head of cinema distribution and programming, and the acquisition of rights and project management. With his club SEKT, he is one of the founders of Sound of Stockholm, a festival for avant-garde and experimental music that has been named the most gender equal festival in Northern Europe by the female composers of Sweden.