Leeds College of Music has honoured PRS Foundation’s Vanessa Reed (pictured), Mute Records founder Daniel Miller and music journalist Alexis Petridis with fellowships for their vital roles in supporting and championing artists and shaping the future of music in the UK.
Reed, chief executive of PRS Foundation, has played a fundamental role in supporting songwriters and composers, campaigned to increase the visibility of women in music and is committed to the arts and creative industries in other voluntary roles such as her board position with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
On receiving her fellowship, she said: ‘I’m delighted to receive a Fellowship from Leeds College of Music. I’m aware of the vibrant music scene in Leeds and the talented musicians graduating from the conservatoire as many of the artists from the City have come to the Foundation for support. I look forward to extending this relationship and finding other ways to help the conservatoire’s Graduates with the next stage in their career.’
Miller, who has always kept artist integrity at the heart of his record label, said: ‘I’m very honoured to be awarded the fellowship at Leeds College of Music. The conservatoire is an exceptional place for music education and I look forward to a long and fruitful association.’
Petridis, head rock and pop critic for The Guardian, writes on a wide range of music from mainstream to underground, championing artistic excellence irrespective of genre. he said he was ‘stunned and delighted to receive the fellowship – it’s really not the kind of recognition you would expect to get as a rock critic.’
The fellowships were presented during the graduation ceremony for the current cohort of graduates at Leeds Town Hall. Previous fellowship awardees include Marc Almond, Nick Hodgson, Terry and Liz Bramall, Johnny Kalsi, Philip Meaden, Amy Pearce and Fiona Cunningham. You can find a full list of the Leeds College of Music Fellows, here.