26th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events
New Orleans – August 22 - 25, 2018, InterContinental Hotel

Cutting Edge C.E. (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) will again discuss “Hot Topics” and “Current Trends” in today’s entertainment business. Attend conference sessions on Entertainment Law, Music Business, Film financing and tax credits, Roots Music, and the NewWorks Showcases. Check out the NOLA Downtown Festival and Cruisin’ New Orleans Pro Gear Show at the Historic Carver Theater.



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09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – Playing Well With Others [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Popular culture has created an image of Lawyers as not having high ethical standards. What are the rules of Professionalism? What are courts saying about being an advocate, personal attacks and client services?

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Crafting and Negotiating Complex Music Licensing Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs.]

Staying on top of the ever-increasing important deal points, technology advancement and new market opportunities require a broad knowledge of the licensing. Reviewed: Licensing Agreements updates to legislation and negotiating tactics

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Festival and Event Management Agreements Review [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Covering elements of booking and venue agreements: Force majeure clause, the scope of service, cancellation, payment schedule and other important clauses found in agreements promoters and event management contracts

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Crowdfunding, and raising money for film and music projects

This panel will review and discuss the differences in project crowdfunding and equity crowdfunding. The panel will also address the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investors through Internet crowdfunding platforms, as well as the available equity sale platforms.

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Images! Images! Images! Rights to Publicity for Athletes, Celebrities and the Famous [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

What are the current laws – First Amendment rights versus wrongful exploitation?

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Trademark: Maintaining Brand Protection [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

Your brand is crucial. Maintaining trademark protections in the face of increasing consumer transactions presents a challenge for new technology enterprises and their legal teams. This panel will cover trademarks, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.

Speaker Lineup
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Lee Dannay, Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers
Lee Dannay has over twenty five years experience in the music industry, including 15 years ...
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Stephen J. Easley, Esq., Song Research & Recovery Services, LLC
Stephen J. Easley is an honors graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the ...
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Richard W. Perna
Richard Perna is a veteran journeyman, well-traveled in the world of music. In a career ...
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Linda Septien
Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years of experience, ...
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Lilli Lewis, A&R, Louisiana Red Hot Records
About Lilli Lewis… Louisiana Red Hot Records’ award-winning singer/songwriter Lilli ...
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Suzette Becker, Esq.
Suzette Toledano of Toledano Entertainment and Arts Law maintains a transactional ...
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