The Rosenborg-Gehrmans Foundation was established in 1950 through a donation from music publisher Einar Rosenborg and his wife Inge Bahnson-Rosenborg. The Foundation’s primary goal is to promote the publication and proliferation of Swedish music of value in its capacity as the long-term principal owner of Gehrmans Musikförlag.

The Foundation also supports music in Sweden by distributing the profits from its activities in the form of grants to Swedish composers, musicians and music students as well as other culturally important recipients in Sweden’s musical life. Since 1952, around 200 grantees have been awarded a total of more than SEK 8 million in today’s monetary terms.

The Foundation is also part of the Soloist Prize, Sweden’s foremost soloist competition, along with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Swedish Radio, Berwaldhallen, Musik i Syd and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

After 37 years as owner, Carl Gehrman sold his publishing house in 1930 to Inge and Einar Rosenborg. Einar Rosenborg had previously worked as a journalist, taught adults and was a debater with liberal ideas. During Rosenborg’s time, the business gained new momentum when several of the most prominent composers of the period were engaged by the publisher, including Lars-Erik Larsson. The Foundation’s first grantee was the composer Allan Pettersson.