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Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Jennifer Newman Sharpe

General Counsel and Head of Legal & Business Affairs, Exceleration Music

Jennifer Newman Sharpe is General Counsel and Head of Legal & Business Affairs at Exceleration Music, a partnership of global music industry leaders who invest in the future of independent labels and artists. At Exceleration, Jennifer oversees all legal needs of the company, including overseeing business affairs needs for many of Exceleration's strategic partners, including Plus One, Kill Rock Stars, Alligator Records, SideOneDummy Records, Heroic Music Group, Bloodshot Records, and Candid. Jennifer also leads all legal and diligence needs associated with Exceleration's acquisitions and investments, most recently, the acquisition of Redeye International and Yep Roc Records. Prior to Exceleration, Jennifer worked as General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs at ONErpm, a leading, global label services and digital distribution company and one of the largest music multi-channel networks on YouTube.

An award-winning advocate for gender equality in the music industry, Jennifer currently serves on the advisory board of the non-profit organization Women in Music, after being on the Board of Directors for nearly a decade with five years as Vice President. Jennifer also serves as an advisory board member to A2IM. Jennifer has co-founded a number of music tech start-ups, including Sparkplug, an online marketplace for musicians to rent instruments from each other, which was acquired in 2019, and Cosynd, a collaborative contract administration platform for creators of intellectual property. Prior to working in house, Jennifer was in private practice, representing a variety of clients such as independent record labels, recording artists, songwriters, publishing companies, tech startups and music producers.

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