BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List celebrates women who are demonstrating power in the music industry, innovators and ground-breakers supporting and championing the work of other women or changing the industry from within – making it more equal, diverse and creative.
This year the judging panel was chaired by BBC journalist and presenter Tina Daheley. Joining her on the panel was music TV producer and columnist Jasmine Dotiwala; classical music writer and novelist Jessica Duchen; UK producer of the year 2018 Catherine Marks; and BRIT award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Kate Nash.
We’re thrilled to announce that the PRS Foundation’s Vanessa Reed took third place after industry titans Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. As Chief Executive of PRS Foundation, Vanessa has played a fundamental role in making support available to talented UK songwriters and composers of all backgrounds at critical stages in their careers. Over the past 10 years in the role, she has devised ground-breaking targeted programmes and campaigns including Women Make Music and Keychange which invest in female talent, influence funding policy and raise awareness of the gender gap in music in the UK and across the world. Outside of PRS Foundation, Vanessa uses her influence in other voluntary roles such as her Board position with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic where she Chairs the orchestra’s diversity group.
Speaking about the accolade Vanessa said:
“I’m really honoured and humbled to be no.3 on the women in music power list. I strongly believe that the music industry’s future success and innovation will be determined by the breadth of talent on stage and behind the scenes. Female talent- like those on the power list – needs to be a greater part of that mix and I’m glad that BBC and others are drawing attention to this.”