PRS Foundation has announced its 60 female artists and innovators for its new Keychange initiative.
Ten women from six countries across Europe - Sweden, Spain, Iceland, Germany, Estonia and the UK - have been chosen to participate in the new initiative which aims to empower women to transform the music industry.
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Jamz Supernova, Berlin duo Gurr and Sweden’s Vaz are among those taking part in the scheme which will include a series of panels, discussions and creative labs.
This will all be backed by an innovation fund for female artists and innovators to test new projects and them the chance to showcase their work at leading industry festivals in Europe and Canada.
The ground-breaking two-year programme will launch at seven partnering international festivals including Way Out West in Sweden, Britain’s The Great Escape, and Mutek in Canada before the final event in 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels where festival partners will present a manifesto for change.
Vanessa Reed (pictured), CEO of PRS Foundation said: “Selecting the 60 participants from over 200 nominations was a really tough process for our partner festivals and we were extremely impressed by the diversity and quality of all the women who applied.
“The final list demonstrates the exceptional talent of the next generation of female artists and innovators and makes for a very exciting European network. I'm convinced that together these women will be a creative and entrepreneurial force to reckon with in the future.”
By Georgina Littlejohn