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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.

 

25th Annual

CUTTING EDGE ENTERTAINMENT LAW SEMINAR

“Transactional Law:

Contracts and Consequences”

August 24, 25 & 26, 2017

Location: InterContinental Hotel, New Orleans

Band Agreements, including Producer, Talent Agency, Management, Songwriting & Publishing Contracts, “Special Film Contracts, Toolkits”

Approved for 17.5 hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits, including 1 hr of Ethics, 1 hr of Professionalism and 1 hr of Legal Practice by the Louisiana Supreme Court MCLE Committee.

Subject to change

August 26, 2017
08:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast Event – Tribute to Vernon P. Thomas, Esq. (1953 – 2016), Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events Co-Founder
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Ethics Presentation – Non Traditional Legal Roles and Responsibilities [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs]

Emerging technologies and new regulations are changing the face of Entertainment Law and compounding existing ethical issues. New revenue streams have created new contractual structures that inherently alter artist-attorney and artist-manager relationships. How can attorneys, artist and managers recognize and avoid possible ethical violations? Sponsored by: Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association 

Speakers:

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Nadine Ramsey, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Kenneth J. Abdo, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, Minneapolis, MN

Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM [Educators Forum] College Bridges

Junior and Community College Programs provides important bridges to four year colleges, understanding their role and networking with them is the goal of this panel

Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Executive Dean Delgado Community College West Bank Campus, Moderator

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Artist Management: Advancing an artist career requires many tasks.

Everyone has a role! Selecting talent, communicating, songwriting, practice and recording session management, therapist is just some of the many hats of a manager.

This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help artists advance their careers.

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM “Music Publishing Deals: the Current State of Agreements and How They Affect You”. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

Whether signing with a major company, a large or small independent or doing it yourself, it is essential that you know the current state of all of the different types of publishing agreements applicable to your situation and bargaining power. Agreements covered include single song agreements, co- publishing contracts, administration, sub-publishing, sample, promotion and joint venture arrangements as well as acquisition agreements if you are thinking of buying or selling outright.

Speakers:

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Todd Brabec, Esq., Co-Author (w brother Jeff), Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

Richard W. Perna, Austin, TX

 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Legal – Business Consultation

Your record deal, your trademark, your new music business venture, you can get your questions answered at this panel. Discuss your venture with venture capital and incubator professionals

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Crossover Event: The Recording Academy – Conversations with Music Supervisors – [Legal/Business/CLE, 1.0 cr. hrs]

Conversation will center on how music is selected for Films/TV/Games, agreements for songs selected and expected compensation price points.

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Crossover Event: The Recording Academy – Conversations with Music Supervisors – [Legal/Business/CLE, 1.0 cr. hrs]

Conversation will center on how music is selected for Films/TV/Games, agreements for songs selected and expected compensation price points.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Offsite Presentation Film/Roots Music Gathering] Film Workshop – Capturing Culture on Film – WWOZ Film Project

Known as the voice of New Orleans music but WWOZ has an impressive film archive of New Orleans music and cultural traditions. Followed by a “Music in Movies” film series screening. Location: – Central City BBQ, 1201 South Rampart Street

 

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM [Special Presentation] What is SXSW All About?

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals (SXSW) in Austin, TX is the largest music confab in the U.S. but it is much more than a place for aspiring artists to get discovered. SXSW boast 11 different events covering from education to healthcare. Who know better as to how to become a showcase band or sit on a panel than Amin Simm, Director of Registration & Credentials?

 

01:00 PM 1:00 PM Keynote Address: Thomas Barsoe, Founder, Executive Producer, OC Hit Factory [Legal/Business/CLE, 75 cr. hrs] –

Certified Platinum and Gold Recording Artist and Producer.

01:15 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote Address: Thomas Barsoe, Founder, Executive Producer, OC Hit Factory [Legal/Business/CLE, 75 cr. hrs]

Certified Platinum and Gold Recording Artist and Producer.

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM OC Hit Factory Songwriters Presentations –

Songwriters performance critiquing session

 

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/one-on-one consultations

Topics: NARAS, management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding.

06:00 PM – 1:00 AM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
09:00 PM – 10:30 “Music in Movies” Film Series at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

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August 25, 2017
09:00 AM – 10:15 AM Litigation [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Co-authorship claims between band members, collaborators and producers, co-producers claims.

Speakers:

Lesli D. Harris, Esq., Stone Pigman, New Orleans, LA

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kallas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Nicholas C. Ferrara, Esq., Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

 

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Artist Career HOT SEAT! – Jeri Goldstein of “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent” Part II

In this artist’s career development Hot Seat workshop artists will fill out Hot Seat Forms in advance, creating a profile of their career trajectory – instead of one-on-one consultation, selected artists profile will be critiqued in an open session. A fun event to do or observe and learn!

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Digital Distribution Agreements Reviewed [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

This panel will review digital distribution agreements, problems encountered with the transactional contracts offered by digital aggregators, explanation of neighboring rights and the issues involved in collection of international neighboring rights revenue; importance of label copy and copyrights to the transnational aspects of collection of revenue derived from downloads, streaming, YouTube etc, for independent labels and artists.

Both inescapable and critical, these issues are rarely discussed when independent labels, “do it yourself” artists and attorneys complain that there is no longer any money in the music business. The pragmatic answers and solutions proposed will assist artists, labels and their attorneys to work within the new digital music ecosystem.

Speakers:

David Bercuson, Esq., Miami, FL

David Fink, Esq., Kelly Drye, Los Angeles, CA

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Esq., Co-Director, Tulane Center for IP, Media & Culture, New Orleans

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Ralph Murphy’s Songwriters Interview

Songwriting interview with songwriters Lars Halvor Jansen. By the man who wrote the book, “ Murphy Laws of Songwriting”

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM SYNC IT UP: MUSIC FOR ADVERTISING, FILM AND TV

Throughout history, music has been featured prominently in advertising, film and TV. Today, with branded content and branded entertainment omnipresent, the music is more important than ever. To remain relevant and authentic, the worlds of film, TV and advertising look to the right song and the right artist. This panel discussion will explore the ins and outs of getting music into commercials, movies and TV shows.

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Inside the Beltway Update [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs.] Sponsored by: Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

This panel will go over the changes at the copyright office and the bill to reorganize it, the moral rights copyright office study, the Restatement of Copyright Law issues, DMCA reform, copyright small claims court, the DOJ reform of the consent decrees, and music licensing reform.  A quick down and dirty review of everything music coming from DC.

Speakers

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

 

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM “Television and Film Music Deals: Licensing Pre-Existing Songs and Writing Original Songs for Today’s Audio-Visual World.” [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs.]

There are over 450 scripted original television programs produced in the U.S. every year and countless motion pictures (whether they be produced by the majors, or are indies, student produced or created on an iPhone), virtually all of which need some form of music. Based on the increasing number of distribution outlets/media (streaming, downloading, network, cable, pay cable, VOD, etc.) and new production players in the market (Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.), the use of music and the opportunities for music use in television and film is at an all time high. This panel will tell you everything you need to know about the deal structures, negotiating tactics and fees of this ever-growing business.

Speakers:

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Todd Brabec, Esq., Co-Author (w brother Jeff), Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business

Joel C High, Creative Control Entertainment, Culver City, CA

Richard W. Perna, Austin, TX

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM SOCIAL DISRUPTION! Media Techniques for the Digital World – How to get a Million Followers/Views/Fans and use it to get to get ahead in the entertainment business?

The panel of social media experts will discuss social media techniques and which media outlets work best for your career goal of getting discovered, signing a deal and what it all means.

Speakers:

Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group

02:45 PM – 5:15 PM A Film Deal in a Box Workshop: Drafting and Negotiating Film Development, Finance, Production and Distribution Agreements. [Legal/CLE 2.5 cr. hrs.]

Attendees will learn the role of the lawyer in the development, financing, production and distribution or sale of a film project. Using actual film documents tailored to a hypothetical film project, attendees will examine why film projects are structured the way they are. Our guest lecturers will walk you through every legal facet of a film from acquiring or developing underlying intellectual property to the ultimate commercialization of the project.

 

Speakers

Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

David Fink, Esq., Kelly Drye, Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth J. Abdo, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, Minneapolis, MN

Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Agents, Talent Buyers and Festival Producers – What are today’s audiences looking for from artists.

Agents, talent buyers and festivals producers have to understand what their audience is looking for, when to introduce new artists. Join booking and touring professionals as they explain their methods and rationale for booking, and representing talent.

 

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Working with New and Traditional Media to Move an Artist’s Career Forward

Media professional will discuss how to use current media opportunities and relationships to brand and secure opportunities for artists.

04:00 PM – 10:30 PM NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival Opens at Central City BBQ’s Festival Grounds, 1201 S Rampart Street Day I
06:00 PM – 1:00 AM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
06:00 PM – 8:00 PM “Music in Movies” Film Series at Central City BBQ –

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

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August 24, 2017
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/CLE 1 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 delay matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you salvage a deal from going south?

Speakers:

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

10:00 AM – 11:30 am Managing your recording session – from Studio to Live Recording

What are the do’s and don’ts when planning a recording session, ? How to organize a LIVE recording. Tips on making your recording session go smoother and make a better record.

                                   Speakers:

                           Mark Hornsby, Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios, Moderator

                                   Paul Diaz, Owner, Tree Sound Studio

                                   Jack Miele, Audio Engineer, Producer, Composer

                            Charlie Wooton, Musician, Composer

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM “STOP! Don’t sign that contract” Pitfalls of Recording, Film and Management Agreements. [Legal/CLE 1.75 cr. hrs.]

A review of important negotiation techniques to assist attorneys and music executives protect their clients and companies in a music world of visual media (Film, TV, Advertising, Theatrical Trailers, Video Games, etc.). Covering essential clauses and transactional issues when considering Double Dipping/360 Deals/Revenue Sharing/Global Rights Deals/Double Distribution Fees

Speakers:

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

John F. Bradley, Esq., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Booking and Touring Success Strategies and Secrets to Get Great Gigs – Jeri Goldstein of “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent” Part I

Whether you only play gigs in your hometown or tour internationally, Jeri Goldstein will share her artist-tested strategies to create a gig-booking template for each market you want to play. She’ll offer step-by-step methods of booking multiple gigs in any given town to build your market demand, increase your fan base and put more dollars in your pocket. She’ll help create your own set of touring preferences, which will determine the best gigs you should be going after. Whether you play house concerts, schools, performing art centers, private events or targeted niche markets, maximize your booking effectiveness with minimum effort. Isn’t it time you got the gigs and the income you desire and deserve.

Speaker

Jeri Goldstein, Author, “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent”

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Legal Mentorship [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

Law students, pre-law college students, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.

Mentors:

David Dalia, Esq.

01:15 PM – 2:15 PM Today’s Music is Marketing

The panel hosted by a veteran music producer, music attorney and label owners will focus on the role of music today as a primary marketing tool and secondarily as an art form.  Discussion will focus on the use of the artist’s content to drive public image and revenue from live performance,

merchandising, advertising and synchronization licenses. It will expire the cutting edge of marketing the artists content in today’s ever changing environment.

                                    Speakers:

John Bradley, Esq., Bradley Legal Group

                           Mark Hornsby/Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Legal Practice Management: Building a Successful Independent Entertainment – Intellectual Property Legal Practice [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

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. 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:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA                                                            

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Rhodes Spedale, Esq. New Orleans

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

02:15 PM – 3:15 PM Martin Atkins “Welcome To The Music Business You’re F—-“

British drummer, provocateur, marketing genius, Martin Atkins has been showing the world musicians great tips on survival and success in the music business and Having Fun At It! Hear his montage of tips given as only Martin Atkins, can give them

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM 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 entertainers 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.      

Speakers:

Darryl Cohen, Esq. Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

Martin Fischman, Esq., NFLPA Contract Advisor, New Orleans

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

03:30 PM – 5:00 PM A&R – This is How We Select Who We Will Sign to a Record Deal.

Follow the panelists discuss how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panel will include executives from record labels, distribution, public relations and distribution.

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Band Partnerships: The Honeymoon and The Divorce [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

A review of written partnership agreements and their importance, co-authorship issues, record deals, publishing deals, touring and merchandising. An analysis of litigation issues when the party is over.

Speakers:

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Nicholas C. Ferrara, Esq., Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

06:00 PM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
07:30 PM Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation – Mark Samuels, Owner, CEO, Basin Street Records

Mark Samuels singlehandedly revised Jazz recording in New Orleans twenty years ago and has not stopped and never looked back.

09:00 PM “Music in Movies” Film Series at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

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Roots Music Gathering
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Offsite Presentation Film/Roots Music Gathering] Film Workshop – Capturing Culture on Film – WWOZ Film Project

Known as the voice of New Orleans music but WWOZ has an impressive film archive of New Orleans music and cultural traditions. Followed by a “Music in Movies” film series screening. Location: – Central City BBQ, 1201 South Rampart Street

 

04:00 PM – 10:30 PM NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival Opens at Central City BBQ’s Festival Grounds, 1201 S Rampart Street Day I
06:00 PM – 1:00 AM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
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Film & Interactive
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Offsite Presentation Film/Roots Music Gathering] Film Workshop – Capturing Culture on Film – WWOZ Film Project

Known as the voice of New Orleans music but WWOZ has an impressive film archive of New Orleans music and cultural traditions. Followed by a “Music in Movies” film series screening. Location: – Central City BBQ, 1201 South Rampart Street

 

04:00 PM – 10:30 PM NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival Opens at Central City BBQ’s Festival Grounds, 1201 S Rampart Street Day I
06:00 PM – 1:00 AM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
06:00 PM – 8:00 PM “Music in Movies” Film Series at Central City BBQ –

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

09:00 PM “Music in Movies” Film Series at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

09:00 PM – 10:30 “Music in Movies” Film Series at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

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Music Business
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Artist Career HOT SEAT! – Jeri Goldstein of “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent” Part II

In this artist’s career development Hot Seat workshop artists will fill out Hot Seat Forms in advance, creating a profile of their career trajectory – instead of one-on-one consultation, selected artists profile will be critiqued in an open session. A fun event to do or observe and learn!

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM [Educators Forum] College Bridges

Junior and Community College Programs provides important bridges to four year colleges, understanding their role and networking with them is the goal of this panel

Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Executive Dean Delgado Community College West Bank Campus, Moderator

10:00 AM – 11:30 am Managing your recording session – from Studio to Live Recording

What are the do’s and don’ts when planning a recording session, ? How to organize a LIVE recording. Tips on making your recording session go smoother and make a better record.

                                   Speakers:

                           Mark Hornsby, Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios, Moderator

                                   Paul Diaz, Owner, Tree Sound Studio

                                   Jack Miele, Audio Engineer, Producer, Composer

                            Charlie Wooton, Musician, Composer

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Artist Management: Advancing an artist career requires many tasks.

Everyone has a role! Selecting talent, communicating, songwriting, practice and recording session management, therapist is just some of the many hats of a manager.

This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help artists advance their careers.

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Ralph Murphy’s Songwriters Interview

Songwriting interview with songwriters Lars Halvor Jansen. By the man who wrote the book, “ Murphy Laws of Songwriting”

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Legal – Business Consultation

Your record deal, your trademark, your new music business venture, you can get your questions answered at this panel. Discuss your venture with venture capital and incubator professionals

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Crossover Event: The Recording Academy – Conversations with Music Supervisors – [Legal/Business/CLE, 1.0 cr. hrs]

Conversation will center on how music is selected for Films/TV/Games, agreements for songs selected and expected compensation price points.

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Booking and Touring Success Strategies and Secrets to Get Great Gigs – Jeri Goldstein of “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent” Part I

Whether you only play gigs in your hometown or tour internationally, Jeri Goldstein will share her artist-tested strategies to create a gig-booking template for each market you want to play. She’ll offer step-by-step methods of booking multiple gigs in any given town to build your market demand, increase your fan base and put more dollars in your pocket. She’ll help create your own set of touring preferences, which will determine the best gigs you should be going after. Whether you play house concerts, schools, performing art centers, private events or targeted niche markets, maximize your booking effectiveness with minimum effort. Isn’t it time you got the gigs and the income you desire and deserve.

Speaker

Jeri Goldstein, Author, “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent”

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Crossover Event: The Recording Academy – Conversations with Music Supervisors – [Legal/Business/CLE, 1.0 cr. hrs]

Conversation will center on how music is selected for Films/TV/Games, agreements for songs selected and expected compensation price points.

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM SYNC IT UP: MUSIC FOR ADVERTISING, FILM AND TV

Throughout history, music has been featured prominently in advertising, film and TV. Today, with branded content and branded entertainment omnipresent, the music is more important than ever. To remain relevant and authentic, the worlds of film, TV and advertising look to the right song and the right artist. This panel discussion will explore the ins and outs of getting music into commercials, movies and TV shows.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM [Offsite Presentation Film/Roots Music Gathering] Film Workshop – Capturing Culture on Film – WWOZ Film Project

Known as the voice of New Orleans music but WWOZ has an impressive film archive of New Orleans music and cultural traditions. Followed by a “Music in Movies” film series screening. Location: – Central City BBQ, 1201 South Rampart Street

 

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM [Special Presentation] What is SXSW All About?

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals (SXSW) in Austin, TX is the largest music confab in the U.S. but it is much more than a place for aspiring artists to get discovered. SXSW boast 11 different events covering from education to healthcare. Who know better as to how to become a showcase band or sit on a panel than Amin Simm, Director of Registration & Credentials?

 

01:00 PM 1:00 PM Keynote Address: Thomas Barsoe, Founder, Executive Producer, OC Hit Factory [Legal/Business/CLE, 75 cr. hrs] –

Certified Platinum and Gold Recording Artist and Producer.

01:15 PM – 2:15 PM Today’s Music is Marketing

The panel hosted by a veteran music producer, music attorney and label owners will focus on the role of music today as a primary marketing tool and secondarily as an art form.  Discussion will focus on the use of the artist’s content to drive public image and revenue from live performance,

merchandising, advertising and synchronization licenses. It will expire the cutting edge of marketing the artists content in today’s ever changing environment.

                                    Speakers:

John Bradley, Esq., Bradley Legal Group

                           Mark Hornsby/Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios

01:15 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote Address: Thomas Barsoe, Founder, Executive Producer, OC Hit Factory [Legal/Business/CLE, 75 cr. hrs]

Certified Platinum and Gold Recording Artist and Producer.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM SOCIAL DISRUPTION! Media Techniques for the Digital World – How to get a Million Followers/Views/Fans and use it to get to get ahead in the entertainment business?

The panel of social media experts will discuss social media techniques and which media outlets work best for your career goal of getting discovered, signing a deal and what it all means.

Speakers:

Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM OC Hit Factory Songwriters Presentations –

Songwriters performance critiquing session

 

02:00 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/one-on-one consultations

Topics: NARAS, management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding.

02:15 PM – 3:15 PM Martin Atkins “Welcome To The Music Business You’re F—-“

British drummer, provocateur, marketing genius, Martin Atkins has been showing the world musicians great tips on survival and success in the music business and Having Fun At It! Hear his montage of tips given as only Martin Atkins, can give them

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Agents, Talent Buyers and Festival Producers – What are today’s audiences looking for from artists.

Agents, talent buyers and festivals producers have to understand what their audience is looking for, when to introduce new artists. Join booking and touring professionals as they explain their methods and rationale for booking, and representing talent.

 

03:30 PM – 5:00 PM A&R – This is How We Select Who We Will Sign to a Record Deal.

Follow the panelists discuss how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panel will include executives from record labels, distribution, public relations and distribution.

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Working with New and Traditional Media to Move an Artist’s Career Forward

Media professional will discuss how to use current media opportunities and relationships to brand and secure opportunities for artists.

04:00 PM – 10:30 PM NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival Opens at Central City BBQ’s Festival Grounds, 1201 S Rampart Street Day I
06:00 PM – 1:00 AM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
06:00 PM – 8:00 PM “Music in Movies” Film Series at Central City BBQ –

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

06:00 PM – 1:00 AM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
07:30 PM Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation – Mark Samuels, Owner, CEO, Basin Street Records

Mark Samuels singlehandedly revised Jazz recording in New Orleans twenty years ago and has not stopped and never looked back.

09:00 PM “Music in Movies” Film Series at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

Curated by CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)

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CLE
08:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast Event – Tribute to Vernon P. Thomas, Esq. (1953 – 2016), Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events Co-Founder
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/CLE 1 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 delay matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you salvage a deal from going south?

Speakers:

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

09:00 AM – 10:15 AM Litigation [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Co-authorship claims between band members, collaborators and producers, co-producers claims.

Speakers:

Lesli D. Harris, Esq., Stone Pigman, New Orleans, LA

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kallas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Nicholas C. Ferrara, Esq., Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

 

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Ethics Presentation – Non Traditional Legal Roles and Responsibilities [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs]

Emerging technologies and new regulations are changing the face of Entertainment Law and compounding existing ethical issues. New revenue streams have created new contractual structures that inherently alter artist-attorney and artist-manager relationships. How can attorneys, artist and managers recognize and avoid possible ethical violations? Sponsored by: Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association 

Speakers:

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Nadine Ramsey, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Kenneth J. Abdo, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, Minneapolis, MN

Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM “STOP! Don’t sign that contract” Pitfalls of Recording, Film and Management Agreements. [Legal/CLE 1.75 cr. hrs.]

A review of important negotiation techniques to assist attorneys and music executives protect their clients and companies in a music world of visual media (Film, TV, Advertising, Theatrical Trailers, Video Games, etc.). Covering essential clauses and transactional issues when considering Double Dipping/360 Deals/Revenue Sharing/Global Rights Deals/Double Distribution Fees

Speakers:

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

John F. Bradley, Esq., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM “Music Publishing Deals: the Current State of Agreements and How They Affect You”. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

Whether signing with a major company, a large or small independent or doing it yourself, it is essential that you know the current state of all of the different types of publishing agreements applicable to your situation and bargaining power. Agreements covered include single song agreements, co- publishing contracts, administration, sub-publishing, sample, promotion and joint venture arrangements as well as acquisition agreements if you are thinking of buying or selling outright.

Speakers:

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Todd Brabec, Esq., Co-Author (w brother Jeff), Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

Richard W. Perna, Austin, TX

 

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Digital Distribution Agreements Reviewed [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

This panel will review digital distribution agreements, problems encountered with the transactional contracts offered by digital aggregators, explanation of neighboring rights and the issues involved in collection of international neighboring rights revenue; importance of label copy and copyrights to the transnational aspects of collection of revenue derived from downloads, streaming, YouTube etc, for independent labels and artists.

Both inescapable and critical, these issues are rarely discussed when independent labels, “do it yourself” artists and attorneys complain that there is no longer any money in the music business. The pragmatic answers and solutions proposed will assist artists, labels and their attorneys to work within the new digital music ecosystem.

Speakers:

David Bercuson, Esq., Miami, FL

David Fink, Esq., Kelly Drye, Los Angeles, CA

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Elizabeth Townsend Gard, Esq., Co-Director, Tulane Center for IP, Media & Culture, New Orleans

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Legal – Business Consultation

Your record deal, your trademark, your new music business venture, you can get your questions answered at this panel. Discuss your venture with venture capital and incubator professionals

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Crossover Event: The Recording Academy – Conversations with Music Supervisors – [Legal/Business/CLE, 1.0 cr. hrs]

Conversation will center on how music is selected for Films/TV/Games, agreements for songs selected and expected compensation price points.

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Crossover Event: The Recording Academy – Conversations with Music Supervisors – [Legal/Business/CLE, 1.0 cr. hrs]

Conversation will center on how music is selected for Films/TV/Games, agreements for songs selected and expected compensation price points.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Legal Mentorship [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

Law students, pre-law college students, new to the practice of law or just have an entertainment law legal question. Find a mentor at this session.

Mentors:

David Dalia, Esq.

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Inside the Beltway Update [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs.] Sponsored by: Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

This panel will go over the changes at the copyright office and the bill to reorganize it, the moral rights copyright office study, the Restatement of Copyright Law issues, DMCA reform, copyright small claims court, the DOJ reform of the consent decrees, and music licensing reform.  A quick down and dirty review of everything music coming from DC.

Speakers

Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Washington, DC

 

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM [Special Presentation] What is SXSW All About?

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals (SXSW) in Austin, TX is the largest music confab in the U.S. but it is much more than a place for aspiring artists to get discovered. SXSW boast 11 different events covering from education to healthcare. Who know better as to how to become a showcase band or sit on a panel than Amin Simm, Director of Registration & Credentials?

 

01:00 PM 1:00 PM Keynote Address: Thomas Barsoe, Founder, Executive Producer, OC Hit Factory [Legal/Business/CLE, 75 cr. hrs] –

Certified Platinum and Gold Recording Artist and Producer.

01:15 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote Address: Thomas Barsoe, Founder, Executive Producer, OC Hit Factory [Legal/Business/CLE, 75 cr. hrs]

Certified Platinum and Gold Recording Artist and Producer.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Legal Practice Management: Building a Successful Independent Entertainment – Intellectual Property Legal Practice [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

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. 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:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA                                                            

Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Rhodes Spedale, Esq. New Orleans

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM “Television and Film Music Deals: Licensing Pre-Existing Songs and Writing Original Songs for Today’s Audio-Visual World.” [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs.]

There are over 450 scripted original television programs produced in the U.S. every year and countless motion pictures (whether they be produced by the majors, or are indies, student produced or created on an iPhone), virtually all of which need some form of music. Based on the increasing number of distribution outlets/media (streaming, downloading, network, cable, pay cable, VOD, etc.) and new production players in the market (Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.), the use of music and the opportunities for music use in television and film is at an all time high. This panel will tell you everything you need to know about the deal structures, negotiating tactics and fees of this ever-growing business.

Speakers:

Jeffery Brabec, Esq., Vice President, BMG Chrysalis, Los Angeles, CA

Todd Brabec, Esq., Co-Author (w brother Jeff), Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business

Joel C High, Creative Control Entertainment, Culver City, CA

Richard W. Perna, Austin, TX

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM 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 entertainers 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.      

Speakers:

Darryl Cohen, Esq. Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

Martin Fischman, Esq., NFLPA Contract Advisor, New Orleans

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

02:45 PM – 5:15 PM A Film Deal in a Box Workshop: Drafting and Negotiating Film Development, Finance, Production and Distribution Agreements. [Legal/CLE 2.5 cr. hrs.]

Attendees will learn the role of the lawyer in the development, financing, production and distribution or sale of a film project. Using actual film documents tailored to a hypothetical film project, attendees will examine why film projects are structured the way they are. Our guest lecturers will walk you through every legal facet of a film from acquiring or developing underlying intellectual property to the ultimate commercialization of the project.

 

Speakers

Allen Fredric, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

David Fink, Esq., Kelly Drye, Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth J. Abdo, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, Minneapolis, MN

Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Band Partnerships: The Honeymoon and The Divorce [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

A review of written partnership agreements and their importance, co-authorship issues, record deals, publishing deals, touring and merchandising. An analysis of litigation issues when the party is over.

Speakers:

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Nicholas C. Ferrara, Esq., Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

04:00 PM – 10:30 PM NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival Opens at Central City BBQ’s Festival Grounds, 1201 S Rampart Street Day I
06:00 PM – 1:00 AM Artists Showcase Presentations Begins
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