PRS FOUNDATION (PRSF) has launched a collaborative European programme Keychange, which aims to empower women to transform the music industry.
As part of the initiative, 60 female artistes and innovators have been selected for the two-year programme, culminating in an event at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2019, when a manifesto for change will be presented.
Announced at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Keychange will involve 10 participants each from six countries – the UK, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Spain and Sweden – taking part in showcases and discussions at seven international festivals including The Great Escape (multi-venues) and Sweden’s Way Out West (25,000).
“The final list demonstrates the exceptional talent of the next generation of female artistes and innovators and makes for a very exciting European
network,” says PRSF chief executive of Vanessa Reed. “I’m convinced that together these women will be a creative and entrepreneurial force to reckon with in the future.”
The scheme has secured around £175,000 in funding from the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. British acts participating include Violet Skies, Suzi Wu and Tawiah.