Vanessa leads the overall strategic direction of the Foundation and is responsible for our funding policy, partnership initiatives and resource development. Vanessa joined the Foundation in 2008 having worked previously as an independent arts consultant, on Grants strategy at European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and at British Music Information Centre. In 2010, Vanessa was selected by the Cultural Leadership Programme as one of fifty “Women to Watch“.
Vanessa specialises in contemporary classical and jazz but enjoys attending a wide range of live gigs, site specific performances and cross art form productions including dance, film and music theatre.
Fiona Harvey, Operations Director
Fiona joined PRS for Music Foundation in January 2011 and as is Operations Director and is responsible for managing finance, governance and HR. She also leads on our partnership programmes, Adopt a Composer and Composer in the House. Fiona has her own arts consultancy and has worked with a variety of organisations including Arts Council England, London Sinfonietta and London Symphony Orchestra, BBC, National Music Council, Music Education Council, Sound and Music, and Sound Connections.
Joe Frankland, Senior Grants & Programmes Manager
Joe Frankland is Industry Fund Manager at PRS for Music Foundation, responsible for the Momentum Music Fund, International Showcase Fund and similar industry focussed schemes. Joe joined the Foundation in 2014 having worked at the forefront of artist development for a number of years, helping to break artists and build careers.
Joe likes a wide range of music, with favourites including Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Feist, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Nils Frahm, Curtis Mayfield, Bright Eyes and Janelle Monáe.
Liam McMahon, Communications Manager
Liam joined PRS for Music Foundation in April 2014 and manages the communications across the Foundation’s broad range of funds, programmes and events.
Liam has a wide and varied taste in music although his guilty pleasures include early Verve, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and (almost) anything from the Britpop era.
Naomi Belshaw, Grants & Programmes Manager
Ruth Kilpatrick, Artist Liaison & Communications Co-ordinator
Flora Ward, Grants Co-ordinator
Flora joined PRS for Music Foundation in August 2014 as the Administrator. She looks after the essential administration for the team, contributes to finance and board meeting preparations, and provides support to the grant-making process, communications and events.
Flora has previously worked with Flatpack Film Festival, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Sandstorm. Her favourite artists include The Prodigy, Mystery Jets, The National, Sharon Van Etten and The Smiths.