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PRS Foundation CEO makes Women in Music Power List 2018

Beyonce, Taylor Swift and PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed top the Woman’s Hour Power List 2018.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 28 Sep 2018
  • min read
Beyonce, Taylor Swift and PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed (pictured) top the Woman’s Hour Power List 2018.

Iconic BBC radio programme Woman’s Hour has revealed its fifth Power List, profiling the 40 most powerful women currently working in the music industry.

Its purpose is to highlight women who are demonstrating power in the business, 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.

The 2018 list was broadcast live by Jenni Murray and from the corporation’s Maida Vale studios today (Friday), on BBC Music Day.

The top five women are Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Vanessa Reed, Adele and Stacey Tang, managing director of RCA UK.

Vick Bain, chief executive of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), also features on the list.

This year’s 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.

Karen Dalziel, editor of Woman’s Hour said: ‘I am delighted to celebrate and champion the 40 remarkable women on the Woman’s Hour Power list 2018.

‘All are experts in their chosen field and each individual has demonstrated the leadership and perseverance to change the music industry from the inside. Their passion and commitment is truly inspiring and inclusion on this prestigious list acknowledges their role in paving the way for other women to have opportunity, profile and power in this exciting industry.’

Duchen said of Reed’s contribution to music: ‘She’s had a huge impact across the board, and the Keychange initiative which involved getting so many international festivals to sign up to a pledge to gender parity, is a stunning development in the music world as a whole.’

Full list

  1. Beyonce (musician)

  2. Taylor Swift (musician)

  3. Vanessa Reed (chief executive of PRS Foundation)

  4. Adele (musician)

  5. Stacey Tang (managing director of RCA UK)

  6. Gillian Moore (director of music at Southbank Centre)

  7. Rebecca Allen (president of Decca Records)

  8. Marin Alsop (conductor)

  9. Chi-chi Nwanoku (musician, founder of Chineke! orchestra)

  10. Maggie Crowe (director of events and charities at BPI, administrator of the BRIT Trust)

  11. Olga Fitzroy (recording and mix engineer)

  12. Annie Mac (DJ)

  13. Desiree Perez (chief operating officer, Roc Nation)

  14. Cardi B (musician)

  15. Sia (songwriter, musician)

  16. Ellie Rowsell (musician)

  17. Sarah Stennett (chief executive at First Access Entertainment)

  18. Nicola Benedetti (musician)

  19. Hattie Collins (journalist)

  20. Dua Lipa (musician)

  21. Kathryn McDowell (managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra)

  22. Julie Pilat (global head of operations for Beats1)

  23. Alice Farnham (conductor and co-founder of Women Conductors)

  24. Fiona Stewart (director of Green Man Festival)

  25. Taponeswa Mavunga (head of publicity at Columbia Records)

  26. Emma Banks (co-head at Creative Artists Agency)

  27. Edwina Wolstencraft (editor at BBC Radio 3)

  28. Linda Perry (songwriter, musician)

  29. Vick Bain (chief executive of British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors)

  30. Jasmine Sandlas (musician)

  31. Anna Meredith (composer)

  32. Amber Davis (A&R director at Warner/Chappell Music)

  33. Deborah Annetts (chief executive at Incorporated Society of Musicians)

  34. Sas Metcalfe (president, global creative, of Kobalt Music)

  35. Fiona Dalgetty (chief executive of Feis Rois)

  36. Grace Ladoja (founder of Metallic Inc and artist manager)

  37. Mandy Parnell (mastering engineer and founder of Black Saloon Studios)

  38. Issie Barratt (composer)

  39. Nadine Shah (musician)

  40. Sara Sesardic (music editor at Spotify UK)