PRS Foundation (UK)
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 support available to diverse, talented UK songwriters and composers at critical stages in their careers. She leads on partnerships and strategy and has launched an array of transformational funding programmes including the Momentum Music Fund, Women Make Music and the New Music Biennial, which help music creators of all backgrounds to realise their potential. She is also founder of the international Keychange initiative which invests in female talent and raises awareness of the gender gap in the UK and across the world.
Vanessa is Chair of Sound UK Arts and on the Board of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic where she Chairs the organisation’s diversity group. Before joining the Foundation, Vanessa worked in various funding, arts and music development roles in Amsterdam, Brussels and London.
In 2016 Vanessa won the music category in the Hospital Club’s 100 Awards for UK creative industry influencers. In 2017 Vanessa was awarded a Fellowship by Leeds College of Music and accepted Music Week’s Outstanding Contribution to Charity Award on behalf of the Foundation’s team and Board. In 2018, Vanessa was recognised on the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List as the 3rd most influential woman in the music industry after Beyonce and Taylor Swift.