27th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events
New Orleans – August 21 - 24, 2019, 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 return to the streets of Downtown New Orleans' Central Business District.



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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 delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?


10:15 AM – 12:15 PM Legal and Business Considerations when Advising Clients Creating and Operating Music Labels. Part I and II . [Legal/Business CLE 2.0 cr. hr.]

Part I: Covering the legal considerations in record label management and creation.

Part II: A review of label-artist, label-producer, and label distributor agreements

 Entrepreneurs and musicians are among those seeking success by signing artists or self-releasing music. This panel will cover legal issues that arise when organizing and operating an independent record label, including, the organization’s structure, income streams, and standard agreements. The panel will explore third-party organizations potential roles that can help with independent label success.


01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Legal Practice Management: Do’s and Don’s of Building a Successful Entertainment Law Practice [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

New Orleans has become a hub for music, film and TV industries, but what does that mean for an attorney and their independent music and filmmaking clients. This panel will walk you through the process of maintaining communication with clients, client funds management, making sure the filmmaker/client engagement letters are correct. Additionally, it will review user-generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker clients establishing a disbursement system for staff fees payment review intellectual property agreements, tax credit financing incentives, and distribution.


02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Dealing with high profile Talent – What happens when an artist, athlete or celebrity has a run in with the law? [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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


04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Trademark: Branding – Considerations in Gaming and Cannibiz [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover trademarks, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.


Speaker Lineup
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Lou Plaia, Founder / EVP Music Industry & Artist Relations, ReverbNation
Lou Plaia Founder / EVP Music Industry & Artist Relations, ReverbNation Owner / CEO, ...
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Todd Brabec, Esq.

Author, Educator

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

V.P. Business Affairs

JEFFREY BRABEC is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis (representing the ...
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Paul K Saunders
I’ve been involved in the business of music marketing for more than 36 years. I have ...
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Rich Goldman, President, Riptide Music Group
Rich Goldman is President of RipTide Music Group, a leading music synchronization, ...
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Darryl Cohen, Esq.
Former Chairman of the Daytime Emmy Awards organization, the National Academy of ...
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