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Janishia Jones

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Janishia Jones is a member of the Recording Academy’s class of ‘22, multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, and musician/ singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. The dichotomy of being raised in the inner-city of Paterson, NJ and educated in an white affluent community, taught Janishia at a young age the responsibility of leading by example and she began a long-standing passion for the performing arts as a violinist, self-taught pianist, and trained opera-singer earning her several titles in local talent competitions. 

Upon earning an Associate in Recording Arts, Bachelor in Music Business, and Master in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, Janishia has led a decade long career working for some of the most revered music companies in the world including SRC / Universal Motown, eOne, Kobalt Music Publishing and EMPIRE. Her expertise in music publishing led her to expand business operations (increasing revenue by over 700% YoY) and in 2022, Janishia launched ENCORE Music Tech Solutions, where she consults & develops rights management systems for music enterprises including EMPIRE Publishing.

In 2019, Janishia founded Fresh 'N Sassy Productions, an ecosystem of safe-spaces for women of color in the music business. As host of

Pub Royalty Queen Podcast she interviews WOC about their challenges navigating a white male-dominated industry and she has launched a new series called ‘Across the Table’, a conversation of POC panelists in the music industry discussing advocacy in spaces where they are underrepresented.

In order to legitimize anecdotes from her interviews, Janishia conducted the 1st research study on intersectionality in the music business called

A Seat at the Table: A Perspective on Women of Color in the Music Business. In 2022, she presented her groundbreaking data analysis at the Music Biz Conference, and in 2023 at Measure of Music, SXSW, and SheROCKS Event. Janishia currently consults major music institutions on DEI initiatives to create more equitable opportunities for marginalized groups among the music community.

For every 18 white male music executives there is only 1 black female executive. In order to restore social equity, Janishia founded

JukeJoint Foundation, (a 501(3)c non-profit organization) which provides resources in the form of scholarships, grants, and access to music business-related events to advance women of color in the music industry. 

By offering mentorship to the next generation of music executives, Janishia’s passion for social activism & knowledge about music business operations + tech offers opportunities to & inspires disenfranchised groups to advocate for themselves in a competitive industry. 


Janishia has been invited as a:

  • Speaker for 'A Seat at the Table: A Perspective on Women of Color in the Music Business' - Music Biz Association Conference, Nashville, TN '22

  • Thought Leader for UMG's The Future is Now: Women+Tech

  • Guest Lecturer for Black Music Action Coalition x Wasserman Music: Music Accelerator Program at Tennessee State University

  • Panelist for BE THE CHANGE: Women in Music, Music Biz Association '22

Janishia can be booked for consultation here!

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