PRS Foundation set to announce all-female Keychange lineup

Nadine Shah

Details of the 60 artists and innovators taking part in PRS Foundation’s groundbreaking Keychange programme – developed to empower women to transform the music industry – will be unveiled at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, with speakers including Garbage’s Shirley Manson and musician Nadine Shah (pictured). 

The international initiative aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

Led by PRS Foundation and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the project will celebrate and invest in the talent of female music creators and innovators through a series of showcases, discussions and collaborations, as well as creative labs at seven international festivals.

It will culminate in a final event in Brussels in 2019 at the European Parliament, where Keychange partners will present a manifesto for change.

PRS Foundation will unveil the highly anticipated Keychange participants at Reeperbahn Festival on 22 September, alongside a panel on 21 September which will discuss how to empower those who are unrepresented in the industry.

Speakers across the two events will include PRS Foundation’s chief executive Vanessa Reed as well as musicians Shirley Manson, Nadine Shah, Alex Feser and Emily Haines.

Speaking about the programme, Reed said: ‘European and international collaboration is essential to the creative and business development of all talented artists and the music industry’s future success.

‘Keychange’s focus on enabling more women to access international networks and new markets at critical stages in their career will help them realise their potential as future leaders of an industry that is ready for and will benefit from change.’