How did you come in contact with Stim?
− After primary school, I jumped between one odd job to another until 1981 when I was employed at Nordiska Musikförlaget, which then also had a store on Drottninggatan in Stockholm. After having worked there for three years a friend of mine advised me to apply for a job as administrator at STIM. And in August 1984, I started at STIM, which then had just moved from Tegnerlunden to new premises at Gärdet.
What is your working day like?
− I handle music reports and requests via e-mail. My specialties are the cinema and Swedish Channel 5 and Channel 9. If, for example, a Swedish film is screened internationally, I make sure there are lists of the music that exists in the film. I have regular contact with the film production companies and music publishers. I also match the works in our database to the information we received from the film producers and music publishers so that the right money goes to the right people.
It differs quite a lot from when you started at STIM, right?
− Yes, back then we worked with the music that was played on the Swedish public radio (SR). We received cards with the disc number, song title and author. If there had been a medley we had to go to SR's studio to obtain the exact time for each song. I have spent a lot of time at the gramophone archive through the years...
How would you describe Stim as an employer?
− It's a safe environment. It may sound boring but it is not. New things still happen every day. It is also a great social cohesion at the office on Hornsgatan. I have made friends for life, which is more than "just" workmates.
What characteristics are important if I want to work at STIM?
− To be curious, humble, open - and a good detective. Some of the reports we receive are not spelled correctly. Now it's easier, with search engines on the Internet. But still, we have to put our heads together sometimes.