22nd Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference
New Orleans – August 21 – 23, 2014 – InterContinental Hotel & the Historic Carver Theater

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 - 10:30 AM Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) and Direct Digital Licensing Rates [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

The rate courts which govern the PROs have issued decisions which prohibit publishers from withholding their digital rights in an effort to negotiate separate and higher rates. The US Department of Justice is considering what to do about these decisions and publishers are as well. How will this impact publishers, songwriters, performing artists, and copyright owners?

10:40 AM - 12:10 PM Representing Producers: The Art of the Deal [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Transactional issues in representing producers from the viewpoint of the producers, the agent, and the lawyer.
Operation Agreements
Talent/Property Attachments
Shopping Deals

01:30 PM - 2:30 PM Future Business Dealing: Conflicts, Money, and Ethics [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

Lawyers are often in the position of representing more than one related party to a deal.  How attorneys address these conflicts can make the difference between an actionable conflict and an ethically represented deal.

02:40 PM - 3:40 PM Sports and Labor Law: Where Athletes and the Law Merge or Collide [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

The panel will focus on the changes in legal and business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.

03:50 PM – 5:00 PM Sport Agent/Sport Franchise Mock Negotiation [Legal/CLE 1.16 cr. hrs]

A look at how both sides establish their strategies.

Speaker Lineup
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Todd Brabec

Author, Educator

Todd Brabec, Esq., former Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership ...
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Jeff Brabec

V.P. Business Affairs

JEFFREY BRABEC is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis (representing the ...
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Brian D. Caplan


Brian D. Caplan, who founded Caplan & Ross, LLP, has more than 27 years’ ...
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Scott Keniley

Senior Partner

Scott, during his 19 year legal career, has served as General Counsel to a publicly traded ...
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