Vote for my SXSW 2017 Panels!

August 25th, 2016

I’m proud to be a part of three outstanding panel/event proposals for SXSW 2017.  Please help me out by voting and spreading the word!

Passport to Women in Music: A Global Review

Women in Music Meet Up

Sonic Connections: Making Music Globally

“Don’t Be a Jerk” – Podcast Interview by LeftFoot

May 12th, 2016

I was recently interviewed by LeftFoot, a podcast for professionals that shares resources and tips on developing new business and retaining clients.

Click here to listen to my episode “Don’t Be a Jerk” on iTunes.

Some of the takeaways:

Take a genuine interest: clients want their attorney to know who they are; what their interests are; so you represent those interests when you represent them

Be a connector: connect people with each other, with opportunities, think about others and help generate business for others through introductions and connections

Narrow in on the clients in your niche: be where they are; as a speaker or contributing content – when they need services they’ll think of you and your perspective

Important not to be a jerk: represent your clients zealously and firmly while treating the opposing party with respect

Opposing counsel is your peer: remain courteous; peer relationships follow you as long as you’re practicing in that region and practice area

Social media and providing content: creates an avenue with new audiences that wouldn’t be aware of your services otherwise

Be confident: and represent yourself in a way that is appealing to the type of people you want to work with; business development in professional services is different - they’re hiring you for you

Millennial, Mobile, Global: get involved within the community your trying to target, give back and you’ll form genuine relationships

SXSW 2015: Upcoming Panels

March 4th, 2015

We’re proud to announce that Jennifer will be presenting as part of two panels at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas next week!

Panel: Building Trust In Community MarketplacesTuesday, March 17, 11:00-12:00PM

Location: JW Marriott, Salon 8

This panel will feature Jennifer, Julia Wilde of Sparkplug, Corinne Haxton Pavlovic from Etsy, and Steve Kirkham of AirBnB, brought together to discuss the importance of trust in developing an online community. The panel will discuss social media strategy, dispute resolution efforts, insurance policies, and customer service with respect to “sharing” economy communities- i.e. marketplaces where products are traded and rented.

Panel: Sync in 2015- Newest Trends, Tools, and Techniques- Thursday, March 19, 5:00-6:00PM

Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 13AB

This panel will focus on the development of sync licensing strategy for optimal monetization. Jennifer will be joined by Josh Rabinowitz, EVP and Director of Music at Grey Group; Jessica Sobhraj, Manager of Digital Content Licensing at SESAC; and Ben Kihnel, Director of Content at Rumblefish. The panel will discuss the best way to monetize content on online platforms such as YouTube, as well as new approaches to brand partnerships and strategies for new deal terms.

Vote for my panels to be at SXSW 2015!

August 23rd, 2014

I am part of two different panels proposed for SXSW Interactive and Music.  Your support is very very appreciated! Please click the links below to vote.

Building Trust in Community Marketplaces

Trust is one of the most important elements in building any online community, particularly in the ‘share’ economy as possessions, homes, resources, and skills are traded, rented, and sold.

This panel explores different strategies and approaches to building a responsible and secure community marketplace. Experts from within the industry will share successes and failures, risks and rewards of community marketplaces.

We will discuss features to integrate into your platform to develop trust and safety within your community marketplace, as well as when and how to incorporate social media to strengthen community ties. The panel will also present different approaches to user disputes and complaints, insurance policies and liability, and customer service.



Sync in 2015: Newest Trends, Tools and Techniques

Sync licensing is a primary revenue stream for many artists. With the advent of new business models and technologies, artists can continue to generate revenue opportunities beyond just the original placement. During this panel we’ll examine the latest developments in synchronization licensing strategy and monetization. Panelists will delve into the details of content ID, micro syncs and multi channel networks, while focusing on the best ways to monetize content on YouTube and other online platforms. We will discuss innovative approaches to brand partnerships and strategic syncs as well as outline major deal terms, negotiation tactics, and potential red flags.


Introducing Sparkplug!

June 15th, 2014

I am beyond excited to announce the recent launch of a company I co-founded, Sparkplug, a community marketplace where musicians and artists can rent their instruments, equipment, and space to each other.   We’re hoping that Sparkplug will make touring, recording, and creating less expensive and more convenient, while also letting artists make money from their gear when off-cycle, between tours or albums.

As part of Sparkplug’s launch, we’re giving away a Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar!  To enter, simply go to and sign up to become a member.  Then, start listing your instruments, equipment, and space.  Each listing gets you an additional entry into the giveaway.  Sharing the giveaway on Facebook also counts as an entry.

Please share with your friends!  I’m happy to personally answer any questions you have about the site and would love any feedback.


Happy Holidays!

December 16th, 2013

To all of my clients, colleagues, and friends:

Happy Holidays!

It has been a pleasure working with you this past year. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

Warmest wishes,

The Law Offices of Jennifer Newman Sharpe, PLLC

Welcome to my Blog!

May 16th, 2011

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my new blog!

My name is Jennifer and I’m a New York-based attorney, with a practice focusing on Entertainment and IP Law.  I also work in music licensing and placement.

This blog is devoted to sharing developments in entertainment and intellectual property law, innovations in music and arts technology, entertainment industry news, and New York area events that I think are worthwhile.  Please feel free to comment with personal insights and opinions, or send me a message.