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Women In Music Awards 2023: International Woman Golnar Khosrowshahi

At the Women In Music Awards 2023, we celebrated the achievements of 13 game-changing executives and artists as the industry came together to honour their work. Music Week has spoken to all 13 winners to tell their stories.

This year’s winner of the International Woman category, Golnar Khosrowshahi, is founder and CEO of Reservoir, which is headquartered in New York City and with operations in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, London, and Abu Dhabi. Established in 2007, Reservoir is the first female founded and led publicly traded independent music company in the US.

Under Golnar Khosrowshahi’s leadership, Reservoir has grown to own and administer over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings. Among many awards for the company and founder, Reservoir has won the Independent Publisher Of The Year category at the Music Week Awards.

In addition to her role as CEO of Reservoir, Khosrowshahi serves as a director on the board of the National Music Publishers’ Association, working to ensure fair compensation for songwriters and their representatives. She also sits on NMPA’s S.O.N.G.S. Foundation board of directors, an organisation that raises funds to support career songwriters. Working alongside artist director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma for over a decade, she served as board chair of the musical collective, Silkroad. In 2022, she was elected to the board of directors for the New York Philharmonic.

Furthermore, Golnar Khosrowshahi is a classically trained pianist through the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. She holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York City and a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

Here, our WIM International Woman for 2023 opens up about how the industry has changed, supporting women executives and Reservoir’s thriving female music creatives…