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Vanessa Reed

Chief Executive,
PRS for Music Foundation
London, UK
@vanessa_prsf
Vanessa Reed is Chief Executive of the PRS Foundation. Since joining in 2008, Vanessa has repositioned the Foundation as the UK’s most pioneering and effective funder of new music and talent development, significantly increasing resources for the music industry and launching a diverse range of new initiatives which respond to the needs of composers and songwriters of all backgrounds. Recent initiatives led by Vanessa include Momentum – the ground-breaking talent development fund for artists working in pop music (in partnership with Arts Council England and Spotify), Women Make Music which responds to the low % of women taking up music as a career, musician residencies in China in partnership with British Council and international showcases with BBC Introducing to support emerging UK acts in priority territories.

Before joining the Foundation, Vanessa worked as an independent arts consultant, as Grants Manager at the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), in the Education and Culture Directorate of the European Commission (Brussels) and as Promotions Manager at the British Music Information Centre. Vanessa was selected as one of fifty ‘Women to Watch’ by the Cultural Leadership Programme in 2010. More recently Vanessa won the music category of the Hospital Club’s 100 Awards for UK creative industry influencers and was awarded a Fellowship by Leeds College of Music. Vanessa is Chair of Sound UK Arts and Board member of Protein Dance and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

  • Thursday, May 10th, 2018
  • Osgoode Ballroom West
    2:30PM - 3:20PM
    (50 minutes)
    Panel Discussion
    The Keychange Project