Panelist at Rio Music Buzz

September 9th, 2015

I’m thrilled to be attending and participating in Rio Music Buzz next week!

I will be giving a workshop with my Women in Music colleague and fellow attorney, Neeta Ragoowansi, on Doing Business with the United States: Practical Tips for International Companies.  We will be discussing legal, business, tax, immigration, and other issues to take into account when forming a new company in the U.S. or entering into agreements with U.S. companies.

I am also participating in a workshop with Women in Music, including fellow board member and President Neeta Ragoowansi, and board members Jessica Sobhraj (Rumblefish) and Liz Cimarelli (Nielsen).  We will speak with the local community about our organization, the possibility and next steps for forming a local chapter, and the issues and needs specific to Brazil in this area.

It should be an excellent week! I hope you can attend.

[And if you're a WIM member, check your inbox for a discount code to the conference.]

CD Baby Guest Post: Music Libraries Explained

August 6th, 2015

I recently wrote an article for CD Baby, explaining how music libraries work and some things to consider before signing with one.

Check it out here!

Speaking at New Music Seminar June 21

June 15th, 2015

I’m very excited to be speaking at New Music Seminar on Sunday, June 21st, 2015!  The panel is called: The Four Agreements: A Practice Guide to Music Success: Management, Label,

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Crystal Ballroom: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Music Success: Management, Label, Publishing, and Internal Band Deal Agreements. To have a successful career you need to understand these four agreements. You will learn key terminology, negotiation points, what to look out for. Hear from managers, lawyers, booking agents, and publishers. If you are serious about your career, then this is a must-attend movement. Conductor: Debbie Newman, Esq. (Digital Music Consultation, MusicStrat) Players: Mike Mowery (CEO, Outerloop Management), Jennifer Newman Sharpe (Attorney, JNS Law Offices; WIM), Steve Gordon (Entertainment Attorney, Steve Gordon Law), Robert Celestin, Esq. (RAC Law Offices)

Speaker at Midem: Meet the Women in Music Session

June 1st, 2015

I’m thrilled to be a speaker at Midem’s Meet the Women in Music speed networking session.  More details below!


06 Jun 2015, 14:00 – 15:00

Networking Village (Palais -1)

Are you a woman working in the music business? Get the opportunity to meet and exchange views in one-on-one speed meetings with other women working in your field. Don’t miss out: places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other speakers include Lara Baker from the Association of Independent Music, Andrea Dasilva from the US Department of Commerce, Emma Griffiths from SynchTank, Lori Lambert from L3 Entertainment, Camille Moussard from Tunecore, Farinoush Mostaghimi from SynchAudio, Anita Zagar from Fintage House, Jessica Sobhraj from Rumblefish, and Neeta Ragoowansi from Women in Music.

If you can’t make the session but would still like to meet, please email me at to schedule a meeting.

April’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions, and Mergers

April 30th, 2015

Tim Kelly, previously GM of Pacific Marketing at Sony Australia, has now been appointed Managing Director of Inertia Music

Artist Pitbull recently split from his manager Charles Chavez, with whom he has worked since 2007.

Concord Music Group has acquired Vanguard and Sugar Hill from Welk Music Group.

Christine Pepe has been promoted to VP of Business and Legal Affairs at ASCAP.

ASCAP also recently appointed Alice Kim as EVP of Chief Strategy and Business Development. Kim was previously the founder of Digiconsult, a digital consulting service.

Taeko Saito has been appointed head of International A&R at Downtown Music Publishing. 

Mariah Carey has left her long time publicist Cindi Berger. While she searches for a new one, current EVP of Media and Strategic Development at Epic Records Laura Swanson is covering.

Eliah Seton, previously SVP of International Strategy and Operations, has been promoted to President of Alternate Distribution Alliance at Warner Music. 

Doghouse Records, Kitsune, and Hit City U.S.A. have all joined INGrooves Music Group.

Event: Women in Music & Strategies for Wealth Present “Women Taking Care of Business”

April 9th, 2015

Women In Music & Strategies for Wealth Present

“Women Taking Care of Business”

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
6:30pm – 8:45pm

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007


Women have more control and influence in the financial world than you may think:
  • We make 85% of all purchasing decisions*
  • We are job creators, starting 70% of all new businesses*
  • 87% of us manage household finances and 94% pay the bills*
  • The number of women earning 6-figure and higher salaries has quadrupled in the last decade*
We are taking care of business at work and at home, but here are some staggering statistics that shouldn’t be ignored:
  • Only about 7% of women feel “very confident” about living comfortably after retirement*
  • 16% are actively preparing for retirement*
  • A startling 80% of baby boomers will not be financially secure for their retirement*

*The foregoing statistics were provided to us by Strategies for Wealth.

Women in Music is presenting this expert wealth management panel. We have gathered a group of professionals in financial management, business management, and accounting who are going to help you learn how to take control your finances, demystify investing, and make your money work for you! Invest in yourself now and become the WTCOB of your work-life, home-life, and financial-life.
Jessica Sobhraj, Manager, Digital Content Licensing – SESAC
  • Robert Soler, CFA – Strategies For Wealth
  • Sheila M. Geraghty, Attorney at Law – Reed Smith, LLP
  • Vanesa Hagicostas, Business Manager – Tribeca Business Management
FREE for WIM Members & $15 for non-members. Click HERE to join WIM and take advantage of member benefits and discounts!
All attending MUST RSVP by April 15th at 2pm (EST) at http://WIMWealthMgmtPanel. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.



March’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions, and Mergers

March 31st, 2015

Rick Krim has moved from Republic Records to Co-President of A&R at Sony/ATV, where he will primarily be responsible for West Coast happenings.

James Steven has been promoted from his position as SVP of Marketing to EVP of Communications and Marketing at Warner Music Group.

Christina Wrighton has been appointed Office Manager of Creative Nation, leaving behind her former position at Kobalt.

Courtney Lowery has been hired as the VP of Publicity at Epic Records. 

Charles Davis, previously Director of Licensing at Warner/Chappell Music, has now been appointed Director of Spirit Music Group.

Wolfgang Kundrus is now the Senior Director and Software Architect at EastWest Sounds, a title that comes to him after he led the development of Persons Studio One.

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.

February’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions, and Mergers

February 28th, 2015

After only eight months, Sony Music Australia’s General Manager of Asia Pacific Marketing Tim Kelly leaves his position.

Music Director Alan Gilbert announced his planned resignation from the New York Philharmonic in 2017.

Chris Graham leaves behind his position as VP of Sales and Marketing at Wind Up Records for an Artist Relations position at Amazon Music.

Future of Music Coalition has a number of new appointments, including Casey Rae as CEO and seven new board members: Ryan Chisholm of Nettwerk Music Group, Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Benji Rogers of Pledge Music, Merrill Garbus of Tune Yards, Dick Huey of Toolshed, Ken Umezaki of Digital Daruma, and Vicki Nauman of CrossBorderWorks and SXSW.

Thomas Hesse joins MusicxMatch’s Board of Advisors, leaving behind an executive position at Sony Music.

The National Music Publisher’s Association welcomes Amelia Wang, formerly Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Judy Chu, as VP of Industry Relations and Government Affairs.

Universal Music Group’s President Rob Wells announced this month that he will be stepping down from his position after 14 years.

Mark Norman left LiveNation for the same title, SVP of Global Touring, at AEG Live.

Gregg Nadel, previously SVP of A&R and Marketing at Atlantic Records, has been appointed GM of Elektra Records.

Lauren Ceradini departs from Epic Records to join Capitol Music Group as VP of Publicity.

Venancia de Castro has been appointed as the new Executive Director of AEG Brasil.

Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, is stepping down from his position to create and manage his own company focusing on content creation.

SoundExchange makes two new appointments this month: Jacqueline Peterson, previously SVP of Corporate Communications at LiveNation Entertainment, is their new SVP of Communications, while Mark Eisenberg, formerly Global Head of Content Acquisition and Strategy at MixRadio, is their new SVP of Strategic Initiatives.

Gabe Tesoriero of Def Jam Recordings has been promoted to EVP of Media and Artist Relations.

Frank Taubert is stepping down from his position as CEO of 24-7 Entertainment to serve as an advisor to 24-7’s parent company, Media-Saturn Holding.

Jackie Shuman, previously Head of Sync at Crush Management, has been appointed Music Supervisor for Good Ear Music Supervision.

Schott Music has appointed Richard Dinnadge as International Business Development Director.

ASCAP has promoted former SVP of Distribution and Repertory Lynne Lummel to EVP of the new Transformation Management Office.

Global Entertainment has appointed Randy Phillips as their new CEO.

87th Annual Academy Award Winners

February 23rd, 2015

Awards season is abound, and it’s now time to honor those in the film industry who were honored for their achievements at Sunday’s Acedmy Awards. A full list of winners is available here, but a few notable winners are listed below.

  • Best Picture won by American Sniper
  • Actor in A Leading Role won by Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
  • Actress in A Leading Role won by Julianne Moore for Still Alice 
  • Best Supporting Actor won by J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
  • Best Supporting Actress won by Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
  • Best Animated Feature Film won by Big Hero 6
  • Best Director won by Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman 
  • Best Music won by Alexander Desplat for Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Best Short Film won by Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed for Feast