Women musicians from across the ages celebrated as international conference returns to Wales

Edwina Wolstencroft (BBC Radio 3) and others explore the meaning of leadership in music and how to support and promote women at different levels.

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The UK’s leading performing rights organisation, PRS for Music, is bringing experts from across the music industry to Bangor University, Wales, on Friday 6 September, as part of the International Conference on Women’s Work in Music.

The conference will celebrate achievements of women musicians from across the ages to present day, whilst exploring and discussing the changing contexts of women’s work in music on the international stage.

Hosted at the School of Music and Media, the Women’s Leadership in Music panel will be chaired by PRS for Music’s Classical Relationship Manager, Harriet Wybor. Panellists Edwina Wolstencroft, BBC Radio 3 Editor, Woman’s Hour Top 40 Women in Music List 2018 and BBC Power List 2019, Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians, Deborah Keyser, Director, Tŷ Cerdd and composer, writer and critic Steph Power, will discuss what women’s leadership in music means for musicians, educators and organisations and the challenges that women face in the workplace today.

Panellists will share inside knowledge, highlight qualities women bring to the table as leaders and explore how organisations can foster an environment to support and promote women in leadership at different levels.


We’re delighted to be supporting the Second International Conference on Women’s Work in Music. The future of the music industry depends on a diverse workforce in order to continue to evolve and champion music creators. As a membership organisation, PRS for Music doesn’t just collect royalties. We’re here for creators to turn to for advice and education, and we are a proud advocate for women in leadership positions in our own organisation and across the music business.”

Harriet Wybor, PRS for Music’s Classical Relationship Manager

The three day conference will also showcase works from PRS for Music songwriter and composer members during its evening concerts. One Charming Night Bitter-Sweet Violin Sonata is a celebration of violin music by Rhian Samuel, whilst Illuminate Women’s Music present, world-renowned soprano, Patricia Auchterlonie and Illuminate String Quartet, performing historical repertoire alongside new works from composers including Angela Elizabeth Slater, Sarah Westwood, Joanna Ward and Yfat Soul Zisso. 

Tickets can be purchased online and are available as a full three-day conference pass or individual day passes. If you are a member of the Royal Musical Association (RMA) or Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), you will qualify for a discount. 

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2018, 11.2 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £746m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations. 

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the new joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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