Vanessa Reed is Executive Director of the PRS for Music Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of music across all genres. Vanessa leads the strategic development of the Foundation, kick starting programmes which respond to music industry needs. Recent initiatives led by Vanessa include Momentum - the new £0.5m talent development fund for artists working in pop music run in partnership with Arts Council England, a new series of musician residencies in China with British Council, Women Make Music which responds to the low % of women taking up songwriting and composing as a career and a new collaboration with BBC Introducing to support emerging UK artists to showcase in North America.
Before joining PRS for Music Foundation, Vanessa worked as an independent arts consultant in London, as Grants Manager at the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), in the Education and Culture Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels and as Promotions Manager at the British Music Information Centre. Vanessa was selected as one of fifty ‘Women to Watch’ by the UK’s Cultural Leadership Programme. Vanessa is also Chair of SoundUK Arts and a Board member of Protein Dance.