Today, the spotlight shines on Janishia Jones, CEO & Founder of Fresh 'N Sassy Productions, a holding company whose mission is to empower and create an ecosystem of safe spaces for women of color in the music industry.
Janishia had four main initiatives to tell us about: The Pub Royalty Queen Podcast, The Juke Joint Non-profit Foundation, her consultancy Encore Music Tech Solutions and Market Research Agency A Seat at the Table.
Each of these projects contributes to Janishia’s mission in its own way, and our guest breaks down exactly how in today’s episode. The discussion lingers longest on A Seat at the Table’s research report, A Perspective on Women of Color in the Music Business, which anyone with an interest in equity and inclusion needs to read.
Janishia is doing powerful and relevant work and it is an honor to have her as our guest.
About Janishia Jones
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Janishia Jones, a member of The Recording Academy’s Class of ‘22, was raised in Paterson, NJ & resides in Los Angeles, CA. Upon earning an Associate of Science in Recording Arts, Bachelor of Science in Music Business, and Master of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, Janishia has led a decade-long career in the independent sector of the music industry as a data analyst and music publishing expert working for some of the most successful music companies in the world from SRC / Universal Motown, eOne, to Kobalt Music Publishing, and EMPIRE.
Her expertise in product management has resulted in her founding ENCORE Music Tech Solutions where she consults major music companies on developing technology to expand business operations.
As owner of Fresh 'n Sassy Productions LLC, Janishia has created an ecosystem of safe spaces & established a series of initiatives aimed at empowering women of color in the music industry including Pub Royalty Queen Podcast where she interviews WOC about their experiences navigating white male-dominated spaces and JukeJoint Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting women of color in the music business by providing resources in the form of scholarships, grants & access to music biz related events.
Her research study 'A Seat at the Table: A Perspective on Women of Color in the Music Business' provided the industry with its 1st data-driven analysis on intersectionality. Her extensive network & outreach has led her to become a social activist offering solutions to create more equitable opportunities & driving meaningful change for BIPOC in the music industry.
Janishia offers mentorship to aspiring music biz professionals & independent artists through her site www.freshnsassy.com