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Cutting Edge Music Business Conference is an annual 4-day event that draws together established and aspiring music industry professionals from around the nation and the world. It is a success-oriented event. Sessions in this national conference cover vital phases of the business end of the music industry. In addition, and running concurrently with the conference, Cutting Edge also presents a trade show, the NewWorks Showcase & the Roots Music Gathering.

A multi-day event with 3 full conference days packed with no-nonsense information and training.

  • Instructions by industry pros
  • Networking with the music experts
  • One to One consultation with music professional and attorneys
  • Cutting Edge Trade Show and Product Expo
  • New Orleans style hospitality hub where attendees meet, greet and deal
  • NewWorks Showcase – 3 nights of great live performances showcasing original works
  • A Roots Music Gathering
  • Instrument clinics and demonstrations
  • Conference directory with a schedule of events, articles, features, names, contacts, and ads that keep working all year long.

27th Annual

CUTTING EDGE ENTERTAINMENT LAW SEMINAR

August 22 – 24, 2019

New Orleans

TBA 

 

August 24, 2019
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Ethics after #Me Too [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover rules of professional conduct within #Me Too litigation. Privacy, morals, and interpretation of conduct during the discovery process will be examined, including best practices for preservation, the collection of electronic documents and protecting client’s information.

Speakers:

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM Broadway Musicals: the Contracts, Royalties and Economics [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

Whether you are a creator, producer or investor, the Broadway Musical is the surest way to “rags or riches” This panel will discuss the many different types of music licensing deals, contracts, and practices that come into play when dealing with the four basic types of musicals.

Speakers:

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August 23, 2019
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Funding Deals and How to Successfully Finance Ventures – Advising entertainment entrepreneurs [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

This panel will address various funding methods and deal points entrepreneurs can pursue when seeking financing, including traditional banking, equity investors, and crowdfunding.

Speakers:

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Copyrights Changes is the Age of the Music Modernization Act [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

This panel follows the impact of the MMA, the latest on the “Mechanical Licensing Collective,” and termination of copyrights.

Speakers:

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Legislative Updates [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Covering the Music Modernization Act, content distribution, and the new technologies

Speakers:

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Litigation Updates [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hr.]

Latest case law – Current Trends and Hot Topics

Speakers:

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Legal and Business Issues in Independent Films – Financing – Tax Credits – Production – Distribution [Legal/Film CLE 1.00 cr. hr.]

This panel will provide an overview of completing and launching an independent film.

Speakers:

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Music, $$ and Synch Licensing: a Brave New World [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

This panel, by the authors of the best selling music business book “Music, Money and Success” (8th edition), will explain the ins and outs of what the deals look like, the short and long term money that can be made and where this area is heading in the future.

Speakers:

05:15 PM – 6:30 PM Presentation: Honoring Attorney Ellis Jay Pailet –

A heartfelt presentation, and reception honoring the career of pioneer entertainment law attorney: Ellis Jay Pailet.

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August 22, 2019
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?

Speakers:

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.

Speakers:

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.

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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.

Speakers:

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Music Business
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.

Speakers:

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CLE
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?

Speakers:

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Funding Deals and How to Successfully Finance Ventures – Advising entertainment entrepreneurs [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

This panel will address various funding methods and deal points entrepreneurs can pursue when seeking financing, including traditional banking, equity investors, and crowdfunding.

Speakers:

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Ethics after #Me Too [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover rules of professional conduct within #Me Too litigation. Privacy, morals, and interpretation of conduct during the discovery process will be examined, including best practices for preservation, the collection of electronic documents and protecting client’s information.

Speakers:

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.

Speakers:

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM Broadway Musicals: the Contracts, Royalties and Economics [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

Whether you are a creator, producer or investor, the Broadway Musical is the surest way to “rags or riches” This panel will discuss the many different types of music licensing deals, contracts, and practices that come into play when dealing with the four basic types of musicals.

Speakers:

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Copyrights Changes is the Age of the Music Modernization Act [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

This panel follows the impact of the MMA, the latest on the “Mechanical Licensing Collective,” and termination of copyrights.

Speakers:

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Legislative Updates [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Covering the Music Modernization Act, content distribution, and the new technologies

Speakers:

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.

Speakers:

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Litigation Updates [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hr.]

Latest case law – Current Trends and Hot Topics

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Legal and Business Issues in Independent Films – Financing – Tax Credits – Production – Distribution [Legal/Film CLE 1.00 cr. hr.]

This panel will provide an overview of completing and launching an independent film.

Speakers:

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.

Speakers:

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Music, $$ and Synch Licensing: a Brave New World [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

This panel, by the authors of the best selling music business book “Music, Money and Success” (8th edition), will explain the ins and outs of what the deals look like, the short and long term money that can be made and where this area is heading in the future.

Speakers:

05:15 PM – 6:30 PM Presentation: Honoring Attorney Ellis Jay Pailet –

A heartfelt presentation, and reception honoring the career of pioneer entertainment law attorney: Ellis Jay Pailet.

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