From 2005 to 2015, she directed research, education, and advocacy initiatives for Future of Music Coalition, with a portfolio that mapped some of the most significant impacts of emerging digital structures on marginalized segments of the music industry. Her key areas of work included jazz and classical music metadata, data collection and musician payment infrastructure, and understanding how copyright and technology impact indigenous artists in places like Ethiopia, Tajikistan, and Australia. Also at FMC, she served as interim executive director of FMC from 2009 to 2010 and was a co-director of the Artist Revenue Streams research project, assembling one of the most comprehensive data sets on US-based musician income and copyright.
As a musician, Jean has performed on over 100 albums and toured on four continents with various groups, including Jon Langford, Beauty Pill, and Ida/Elizabeth Mitchell. She served on the founding Steering Committee for the Cultural Research Network (USA), is a member of Women of Color in the Arts, and sits on New Music USA’s Program Council and the boards of directors for Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.