Vanessa heads up the UK's leading funder of new music and talent development where she's launched numerous award-winning talent development programmes for music creators of all backgrounds. This includes the pioneering Momentum, Keychange and New Music Biennial programmes. 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 for PRS Foundation. In 2018, Vanessa was recognised on the BBC Woman’s Hour Power List as the 3rd most influential woman in the music industry after Beyonce and Taylor Swift
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