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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.

26th Annual

CUTTING EDGE ENTERTAINMENT LAW SEMINAR

August 23 – 25, 2018

New Orleans

 

“Important Developments in Entertainment Law”

 

Covering Recording Contracts, Publishing Contracts, Termination of Transfer, Copyrights, Neighboring Rights, Entrepreneur Crowdfunding (JOBS Act), Filmmakers Agreements, VR/Interactive laws,

Subject to change

August 25, 2018
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legal Practice Management – Escrow Accounts in Entertainment Representation
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM “The Business and Law of Buying and Selling Publishing Companies and Songwriter Royalties

With the online/digital world having significantly changed many of the long-standing rules used in evaluating copyrights and income streams, it is more important than ever to know the new “rules of the road” whether one is thinking of buying a single copyright, an entire publishing catalogue or a songwriter’s royalty streams.

This panel will discuss the world of acquisitions and what you need to know to make the best deal possible and protect you from making serious mistakes. Areas covered include legal and financial due diligence, how to view “top earning” compositions, projection of future income, differentiating between current hits and songs that have an earnings history, songwriter contracts and exploitation restrictions, reversions and terminations, how the purchase price is arrived at and the importance of the team that is needed to ensure a successful sale or buy.

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August 24, 2018
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Copyrights – Updates on the Future of Termination of Rights and what is new in Mechanical Licensing [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs.]

This panel will cover statutory rules of copyright termination. How is a termination notice executed? Who has the right to terminate copyright? Additionally covered, updates on mechanical licenses since the disputes involving Spotify, and other companies.

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Litigation Updates [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hr.]

Latest case law – Current Trends and Hot Topics

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Legislative Updates [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hr.]

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

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics: The Ethics of Discovery [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover rules of professional conduct when engaged in the discovery process, including best practices for preservation, the collection of electronic documents and protecting client’s information.

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Film Agreements reviewed [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

A thorough review of the basic agreements for film and television.

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS: What’s It All Worth? [Legal/Business CLE 1.25 cr.hrs.]

This panel, by the authors of the best selling book MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS, reveals the actual range of dollars and cents being generated by songs and records when they are used in the online digital arena as well as in traditional media. Deal structures and negotiating tactics will also be discussed as well as the lifetime of “backend royalties” possible from any type of performance. Success is one thing – but making money from your success is quite another!

05:15 PM – 6:30 PM Book Signing Reception – MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS, 8th Edition

Celebrating the release of Todd and Jeffrey Brabec’s best-selling book on the entertainment industry.

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August 23, 2018
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – Playing Well With Others [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Popular culture has created an image of Lawyers as not having high ethical standards. What are the rules of Professionalism? What are courts saying about being an advocate, personal attacks and client services?

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Crafting and Negotiating Complex Music Licensing Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs.]

Staying on top of the ever-increasing important deal points, technology advancement and new market opportunities require a broad knowledge of the licensing. Reviewed: Licensing Agreements updates to legislation and negotiating tactics

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Festival and Event Management Agreements Review [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Covering elements of booking and venue agreements: Force majeure clause, the scope of service, cancellation, payment schedule and other important clauses found in agreements promoters and event management contracts

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Crowdfunding, and raising money for film and music projects

This panel will review and discuss the differences in project crowdfunding and equity crowdfunding. The panel will also address the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investors through Internet crowdfunding platforms, as well as the available equity sale platforms.

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Images! Images! Images! Rights to Publicity for Athletes, Celebrities and the Famous [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

What are the current laws – First Amendment rights versus wrongful exploitation?

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Trademark: Maintaining Brand Protection [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

Your brand is crucial. Maintaining trademark protections in the face of increasing consumer transactions presents a challenge for new technology enterprises and their legal teams. This panel will cover trademarks, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.


                        
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CLE
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – Playing Well With Others [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Popular culture has created an image of Lawyers as not having high ethical standards. What are the rules of Professionalism? What are courts saying about being an advocate, personal attacks and client services?

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Copyrights – Updates on the Future of Termination of Rights and what is new in Mechanical Licensing [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs.]

This panel will cover statutory rules of copyright termination. How is a termination notice executed? Who has the right to terminate copyright? Additionally covered, updates on mechanical licenses since the disputes involving Spotify, and other companies.

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legal Practice Management – Escrow Accounts in Entertainment Representation
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Crafting and Negotiating Complex Music Licensing Agreements [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs.]

Staying on top of the ever-increasing important deal points, technology advancement and new market opportunities require a broad knowledge of the licensing. Reviewed: Licensing Agreements updates to legislation and negotiating tactics

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM “The Business and Law of Buying and Selling Publishing Companies and Songwriter Royalties

With the online/digital world having significantly changed many of the long-standing rules used in evaluating copyrights and income streams, it is more important than ever to know the new “rules of the road” whether one is thinking of buying a single copyright, an entire publishing catalogue or a songwriter’s royalty streams.

This panel will discuss the world of acquisitions and what you need to know to make the best deal possible and protect you from making serious mistakes. Areas covered include legal and financial due diligence, how to view “top earning” compositions, projection of future income, differentiating between current hits and songs that have an earnings history, songwriter contracts and exploitation restrictions, reversions and terminations, how the purchase price is arrived at and the importance of the team that is needed to ensure a successful sale or buy.

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Litigation Updates [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hr.]

Latest case law – Current Trends and Hot Topics

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Festival and Event Management Agreements Review [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Covering elements of booking and venue agreements: Force majeure clause, the scope of service, cancellation, payment schedule and other important clauses found in agreements promoters and event management contracts

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Legislative Updates [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hr.]

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

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Crowdfunding, and raising money for film and music projects

This panel will review and discuss the differences in project crowdfunding and equity crowdfunding. The panel will also address the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investors through Internet crowdfunding platforms, as well as the available equity sale platforms.

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics: The Ethics of Discovery [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover rules of professional conduct when engaged in the discovery process, including best practices for preservation, the collection of electronic documents and protecting client’s information.

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Images! Images! Images! Rights to Publicity for Athletes, Celebrities and the Famous [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

What are the current laws – First Amendment rights versus wrongful exploitation?

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Film Agreements reviewed [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

A thorough review of the basic agreements for film and television.

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Trademark: Maintaining Brand Protection [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]

Your brand is crucial. Maintaining trademark protections in the face of increasing consumer transactions presents a challenge for new technology enterprises and their legal teams. This panel will cover trademarks, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.


                        
04:00 PM – 5:15 PM MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS: What’s It All Worth? [Legal/Business CLE 1.25 cr.hrs.]

This panel, by the authors of the best selling book MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS, reveals the actual range of dollars and cents being generated by songs and records when they are used in the online digital arena as well as in traditional media. Deal structures and negotiating tactics will also be discussed as well as the lifetime of “backend royalties” possible from any type of performance. Success is one thing – but making money from your success is quite another!

05:15 PM – 6:30 PM Book Signing Reception – MUSIC, MONEY AND SUCCESS, 8th Edition

Celebrating the release of Todd and Jeffrey Brabec’s best-selling book on the entertainment industry.

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