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Vanessa Reed named CEO of New Music USA

By | Published on Tuesday 30 April 2019

Vanessa Reed

Vanessa Reed has been named the new president and CEO of New Music USA. She has, of course, been head of similar UK-based organisation the PRS Foundation for the last eleven years.

New Music USA was founded in 2011 as a result of the merger of the American Music Center and Meet The Composer. The organisation supports new music created in the United States, including through grant funding. Reed replaces Ed Harsh, who stood down as its CEO last year.

“I believe that music, like every art form, deserves specialist resources and advocates that offer support, build new connections, and create a better future for its creators, practitioners, and audiences”, says Reed. “That’s why I’ve loved every minute of my time at PRS Foundation in the UK and why I’m excited to be taking up this post at New Music USA, which plays a crucial role in supporting and connecting America’s many talented and diverse new music communities”.

Waving her off, PRS Foundation chair Simon Platz says: “Vanessa has been the power house behind the force that has transformed the Foundation in recent years. Her passion and energy has been infectious and the strategic partnerships she has struck up between the Foundation and all kinds of major funders, music organisations and national bodies like the BBC will be her enduring legacy. We wish her all the best with her exciting new appointment in New York”.

Meanwhile, chair of New Music USA Frederick Peters says: “The board of New Music USA feels profoundly grateful that our search has sourced such an extraordinary woman to lead our organisation into the future. Vanessa’s deep knowledge of the field, her boundless energy and fountain of transformative ideas, and her collegial approach make her the perfect leader for New Music USA’s next phase”.

Reed will officially take up her new post on 12 Aug.