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Arts Leader | Vocalist | Advocate

Jaime Sharp (she/they) is a Black queer arts leader, vocalist, and advocate residing on the stolen territory of the Three Fire Peoples, and members of the Kickapoo, Peoria, and Myaamia tribes. She strives to evolve organizational culture, and diversify the arts through dynamic leadership rooted in equity and inclusivity. Jaime has been influenced by her incredible mentors who have instilled in her the importance of transparency, candor, and the passing of information to mold the next generation. As an active performer, Jaime also seeks to invite artists to explore their entrepreneurial talents in order to craft change on and off the stage. She imagines an artist-centric structure that asks creatives what they need, as opposed to telling them. Driven to have an expansive understanding of the industry, Jaime has served as an administrator for various arts and culture organizations. They believe the key to progressing the field begins with representation at the executive level; requiring not only thorough knowledge of the sector, a nuanced perspective on social issues, but the immovable promise to prioritize people before all else.


Jaime currently serves as Communications & Publications Manager for Grantmakers in the Arts. Beginning November 2022, she joins The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Administrators, and BIPOC Leadership Circle with artEquity. This spring, they will join the Racial Equity cohort for the United Philanthropy Forum. Jaime is also on the advisory cabinet for Victory Hall Opera's SINGTANK, a collective of professional singers. They have participated in a number of professional development programs including: Women of Color in the Arts' Leadership Through MentorshipOPERA America's Opera Leaders of Color, and the All Rise Initiative with Tom O'Connor Consulting Group. Her work is strongly focused on racial equity in the arts, serving as the 2021-2022 EDI Research Fellow for Association of Arts Administration Educators, and former Administrative Manager for the Black Opera Alliance. Jaime co-founded the choral ensemble Hear Us, Hear Them, a Black-led Cincinnati organization dedicated to programming and commissioning works by traditionally under-utilized composers, and currently serves as Executive Director. She also led Opera NexGen as President & General Director from 2020-2022. Jaime has worked previously worked the American Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the University Musical Society.


In addition to her administrative pursuits, Jaime is an active performer. This season, they join Opera Ithaca as a young artist, make a solo debut with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Jaime will tour with the Sphinx Organization's EXIGENCE Vocal Ensemble in early 2023. She has sung with Cincinnati Opera Opera Fusion: New Works, Detroit Opera (formerly Michigan Opera Theatre), Opera MODO, Detroit Song Collective, Brevard Music Center, and the Chautauqua Opera Institution. They were an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera during Summer 2022. Jaime received the Audience Choice Award at the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Great Lakes Regional Finals, and the Hilda Harris Mezzo-Soprano Award at the 2018 George Shirley Vocal Competition.

Jaime has served on grant and adjudication committees for ArtsWave and OPERA America. Their projects have been highlighted in articles, interviews, and panels for: OPERA America, Grantmakers in the Arts, Association of Arts Administration Educators, I Care If You Listen, OperaWire, Modern Singer Magazine, TRILLOQUY, Latina Women in Opera, and Black Women in Opera. Jaime is active with Black Administrators of Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Multicultural Awareness Council, Americans for the Arts, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Arts Administrators of Color, Racial Justice Opera Network, OPERA America, Association of Arts Administration Educators, and BIPOC Arts.


Jaime holds a MM in Vocal Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM), and BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan with a minor in linguistics. She is pursuing a MBA from the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business and a MA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. She recently completed a certificate in Fundraising Fundamentals with the Tessitura Network, and starts National Arts Strategies' Executive Program in Arts & Culture this Spring.

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