Exceleration Music has appointed Jennifer Newman Sharpe as its head of legal & business affairs and general counsel, based in New York.
Utilising her broad legal and commercial experience, Newman Sharpe will oversee the company’s activities in developing agreements and negotiating contracts across all areas of Exceleration’s growing business.
Newman Sharpe most recently worked as general counsel and head of business affairs at ONErpm, a 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, she oversaw all global legal and business affairs for the company, supporting the company’s expansion across 25 offices in 15 countries.
Prior to joining ONErpm, she was in private practice, representing a variety of independent record labels, recording artists, songwriters, publishing companies, tech start-ups, music producers, and other clients. Newman Sharpe also co-founded several tech start-ups, such as Sparkplug and Cosynd.
An award-winning advocate for gender equality in the music industry, Newman Sharpe currently serves on the advisory board of the non-profit US organisation Women in Music, after spending nearly a decade on its board of directors, with five years as the organisation’s vice president. 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.
Being a part of Exceleration will allow me to continue my career-long dedication to supporting independent music
Jennifer Newman Sharpe
Jennifer Newman Sharpe said: “I am thrilled to join the incredible team at Exceleration. It's a true privilege to work within a values-led company that exemplifies integrity, inclusiveness, and excellence. Being a part of Exceleration will allow me to continue my career-long dedication to supporting independent music, while working with some of the most respected and forward-thinking leaders in the music industry.”
Exceleration founding partner Glen Barros added: “We could not be more excited to welcome Jennifer to the growing Exceleration team. While we are incredibly impressed with her knowledge, skills and experience, we’re even more impressed with her character and personality. She’s an amazing individual. We’re very grateful that she’s agreed to join us and look forward to working with her as we continue to build this company well into the future.”