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Why Aren’t There More Women on Festival Stages?

Sunday, August 4, 2019

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

Hosted by Vanessa Reed, founder of Keychange & CEO of New Music USA, with R&B artist Corinne Bailey Rae and Fabiana Batistela, Director/Founder of SIM São Paulo.

Did you know that women made up less than 30% of the biggest multi-genre festivals line-ups in 2018 and some festivals still have no female headliners? Keychange is an international campaign for better gender equality at festivals. Come and find out more from its founder and panelists from SIM São Paulo, the largest music convention in Latin America, which has  signed the 50:50 gender balance Keychange pledge alongside SummerStage.

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Vanessa Reed is the President and CEO of New Music USA in New York. Prior to that, she was the CEO and headed up the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, for 11 years, where she launched numerous award-winning talent development programs for music creators of all backgrounds. This includes the pioneering Momentum, Keychange and New Music Biennial programmes. In 2016 Vanessa won the music category in the Hospital Club’s 100 Awards for UK creative industry influencers. In 2017 Vanessa was awarded a Fellowship by Leeds College of Music and accepted Music Week’s Outstanding Contribution to Charity Award for PRS Foundation. In 2018, Vanessa was recognised on the BBC Woman’s Hour Power List as the 3rd most influential woman in the music industry after Beyonce and Taylor Swift


Corinne Bailey Rae is a singer, songwriter and musician from Leeds, England. She shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 UK debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records On“ and “Like A Star”. Bailey Rae has received two GRAMMY AWARDS, two MOBOS, alongside multiple nominations including BRIT and BET Awards. Bailey Rae has toured across the world and had collaborated and performed with a variety of artists including Mary J. Blige, Paul McCartney, Questlove, RZA, Tyler the Creator, Pharrell, Logic and more.

Fabiana Batistela started her early professional life as a reporter for Bizz Magazine. In 2002, she founded Inker Agência Cultural, a company focused on press advisory and consultancy for artists and music events, besides conceiving and producing cultural projects. With a wide curriculum, the agency has already accomplished several events and projects dedicated to Brazilian new musical productions, aside from countless international band tours in the country. Fabiana is also the director and head behind SIM São Paulo – Semana Internacional de Música de São Paulo / São Paulo Music Week, the biggest music convention in Latin America held in São Paulo since 2013 (

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