Jennifer Newman Sharpe is General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs for ONErpm, a leading digital distribution company and YouTube MCN. In this role, she oversees all legal needs for the company, including drafting agreements with artists and labels, engaging and supervising international attorneys and outside counsel, and negotiating direct deals with partners and platforms. She also focuses on business development, signing new clients and developing strategic partnerships. In addition, Jennifer is one of the global leads of ONErpm’s music publishing business, spearheading its expansion from Brazil to worldwide.
Prior to joining ONErpm, Jennifer worked in private practice for nearly a decade as an entertainment, intellectual property, and startup business attorney, with clients including musicians, producers, record labels, publishing companies, managers, and media and technology startups. She is also a serial entrepreneur, co-founding Sparkplug, the online marketplace where musicians rent instruments, gear, and space, as well as Cosynd, the collaborative contract creation and administration platform for artists. In addition, Jennifer currently serves on the advisory board of the international non-profit organization Women in Music, after previously serving as Vice President for six years and on the Board of Directors for eight years.
In 2018, Jennifer was awarded the Women in Music Guardian Award at Midem. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and institutions, discussing topics such as contract negotiation, music licensing, artist agreements, entrepreneurship, and gender equality in the music industry at venues such as the Music Biz conference in Nashville, SXSW, Midem, A2iM's Indie Week, New Music Seminar, Folk Alliance International Conference, Rio Music Buzz, Sync Summit, WHO KNEW, the Music Business Association's Entertainment and Technology Law Conference, the DIY Musician Conference, and NYU.
Jennifer received a B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in the inaugural class of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University with a concentration in intellectual property. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.