Management company Glastry, founded by Rolling Stones’ manager Joyce Smyth, is the first company to sign up to PRS Foundation’s new circle of patrons for Women Make Music fund.
In addition to supporting the fund, Glastry has also offered bespoke mentorship and career support to three Women Make Music supported music creators every year.
The Women Make Music Fund was created to address the gender pay gap and increase the number of women creating new music in the UK.
In 2011, just 13% of PRS for Music members were professional female songwriters and composers.
Now in 2019, female membership sits at 17%, however 39% of new PRS members joining, who are under the age of 20, are female.
In 2016 an independent report into the first five years of the fund found that the initiative had a significant impact on female music creators’ careers.
Joyce Smyth, Rolling Stones manager and founder of Glastry says: ‘Glastry’s support for PRS foundation reflects our focus over the next few years to identify and work with emerging talent. We feel that our experience translates to such artists who may not yet have a platform from which to launch their career. We are here to help.’
Vanessa Reed, chief executive officer, PRS Foundation added: ‘We’re excited that Glastry is leading the way by kickstarting our Women Make Music fund’s circle of patrons. Joyce Smyth’s broad and varied experience as a manager and the company’s intentions to extend their focus to emerging talent will be of huge benefit to the talented female songwriters and composers we fund. Their sponsorship of Women Make Music is also crucial as the demand for this fund continues to grow.’
To see the full list of Women Make Music creators, please visit prsfoundation.com
The next deadline to submit applications for Women Make Music is 10 June, click here for more information and to apply.