Executive Director, PRS for Music Foundation
Vanessa Reed is Chief Executive of the PRS for Music 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 and Resonate which encourages orchestras to programme into their repertoire the best pieces of British music from the past 25 years.
Before joining PRS for Music Foundation, Vanessa worked as an independent cultural policy consultant with ABL, 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 (London).
Vanessa was named as one of fifty ‘Women to Watch’ by the Cultural Leadership Programme (2010). In October 2016 Vanessa won the music category of the Hospital Club’s 100 awards for the most influential and innovative people in the UK’s creative industries.
Vanessa is Chair of Sound UK Arts and a Board member of Protein Dance and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.