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Mondo.NYC Speaker

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Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Jennifer Newman Sharpe

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

Jennifer Newman Sharpe is General Counsel and Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Exceleration Music, a partnership of global music industry leaders who invest in the future of independent labels and artists. Prior to joining 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. During her eight years working with ONErpm, Jennifer oversaw all legal and business affairs needs for the company, supporting the company’s expansion to almost 400 colleagues across 25 offices in 15 countries servicing more than 750,000 artists and labels.

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 has also 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 joining ONErpm, Jennifer was in private practice, representing a variety of clients such as independent record labels, recording artists, writers publishing companies, tech startups, and music producers. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and an adjunct professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

CLE: Rites of Passage: Licensing Rights for Emerging Platforms

October 14, 2022, 8:00:00 PM

As gaming platforms, the metaverse, new social networks, and other innovative technologies gain prevalence, it is essential that these companies license all required music rights on a global scale and that rightsholders are able to collect the resulting payments. This panel will take a deep dive into the current global licensing landscape, exploring the challenges that technology companies face when launching new platforms and apps, best practices in licensing, opportunities for improvement in the market, direct licensing vs. CMOs, and issues with cross-border royalty collections. (Mondo attendees are welcome to attend all CLE panels.)