24th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference
New Orleans – August 25 – 27, 2016 – InterContinental New Orleans - 444 St. Charles Avenue

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 – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

What do you do when the attorney on the other side is being unprofessional, or nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or simply delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Transactional Law: Agreements for the Modern Age [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

This panel will review of important techniques to help attorneys and entertainment executives negotiating entertainment and media agreements for artists representation, recording contracts, producers agreements, endorsement and marketing agreements.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Crowdfunding Update: Raising Equity Funds for New Ventures [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

This panel will review and discuss the possibilities created by the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investor through Internet crowdfunding platforms.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics – Rights in the online world [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

Lawyers are often in the position of accessing employees’ personal information i.e. company emails, but how much is too much. How is privacy addressed? What about protecting clients’ data from breaches? What about gaining access to prospect employees or jurors social profiles? What are the ethical concerns as attorneys use technology more in their legal practice?

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and when there is a crisis and representation is needed with the media and in the courtroom. The panel will also cover changes in legal business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.      

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Live Performance VIP Packages Agreements and other aspects of the artist/promoter relationship. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

VIP seating and accommodations (e.g. Big Chief VIP Experience, Listening parties, After Parties, artist meet and greet experiences), what are the artist, promoter, venue and ticketing agency agreements and liabilities.      

Speaker Lineup
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Scott Keniley

Senior Partner

Scott Keniley, during his 23 year legal career, has served as General Counsel to a ...
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Wallace Collins, Esq
WALLACE COLLINS is an attorney in private practice in New York specializing in ...
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Scott Fetters
Scott Fetters Director, 2112 Scott Fetters joined the Chicago music community in 2007 ...
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David Lessoff, Esq
David Lessoff is a Los Angeles-based counsel in the Entertainment Practice of Manatt, ...
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John F. Bradley, Esq
John F. Bradley is the founding partner of the Bradley Legal Group, P.A., located in the ...
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Mark Hornsby
Mark Hornsby is an award winning music producer, audio engineer, musician and writer. ...
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