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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

Approved for 15.5 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 State Bar MCLE Committee.​

August 25, 2018
01:30 – 4:00 PM Monster Sound Stage – Performance

Sponsored by     Guitar Center Professional and Power504Radio.com

 

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legal Practice Management – Escrow Accounts in Entertainment Representation [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

09:00 AM DAY IV, PART 6 -Management

[Music Business Sessions]

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Sound Stage – Unplugged Songwriters Performance Sponsor

Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers [Music Business Sessions]

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Publicity in Action

Creating a brand for an artist or entertainment company

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM [Educators Forum] Civic Engagement in Education

Taking up the challenge of encouraging students and educators to view themselves as problem solvers, developing the skills needed to work with others to make a difference. Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Executive Dean Delgado Community College West Bank Campus, Moderator Presenting: Dr. Bethel Cager, and Monique Handy – The Next Generation School

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM “The Business and Law of Buying and Selling Publishing Companies and Songwriter Royalties [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

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.

[Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Artist Management: Creating opportunities for an artist, e.g., Networking!

Everyone has a role! Selecting talent, communicating, songwriting, practice and recording session management, a therapist is just some of the many hats of a manager. This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help advance their careers.

12:00 PM DAY IV, PART 7 – Music Cities

[Music Business Sessions]

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM One on One Consultation

Get your legal, performance and recording questions answered. [Legal & Music Business]

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Music City: New Orleans?

The concept of a “music city” has been a key buzzword for the past couple of years. This panel discussion will focus on questions such as: What is a music city? What are the components of a music city? Is New Orleans a music city? How can we learn from other music cities and adopt music friendly policies? This panel is presented by the Recording Academy®. [Music Business Institute]

01:30 PM – 3:00 – Music Cities Reception
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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.

[Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs.]

09:00 AM DAY III, PART 4 – Songwriting

Interviews · Performances · Critiquing [Music Business Sessions]

09:00 AM DAY III, PART 5 – Talent Assessment
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM Sound Stage – Unplugged Songwriters Performance – Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers

Selected songwriters will receive critiquing of their acoustic performance. [Music Business Sessions]

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Ralph Murphy’s Songwriters Interviews

Songwriting interviews with songwriters Lars Halvor Jansen and Leslie Blackshere Smith, by the man who wrote the book, “Murphy Laws of Songwriting.” [Music Business Session]

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

Latest case law – Current Trends and Hot Topics [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Branding: Working with new and traditional Media to Move an Artist’s career forward

Media professionals will discuss how to use current media opportunities and relationships to brand and secure opportunities for artists. [Music Business Sessions]

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

Covering the Music Modernization Act, content distribution, and the new technologies Sponsored by Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

[Legal/CLE .75 cr. hr.]

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Selecting Music for Film, Television, and Commercials

Learn how the process works for getting your music into commercials, movies, and TV. [Music Business Session]

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. Sponsored by Art, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

01:45 PM – 3:00 PM A&R: Do you have what the music industry is looking for?

Follow the panelists’ discussion on how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panel will include execs from record labels, management, distribution and public relations.  [Music Business Session]

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. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

03:15 PM – 4:15 PM The Booking Process! – What is today’s audience looking for from an artist?

Agents, talent buyers, managers and festival producers must understand what their audience is looking for and when to introduce the new artists. Join booking and touring professionals as they explain their methods and rationale for selecting and representing artists. [Music Business Session]

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! [Legal/Business CLE 1.25 cr.hrs.]

04:30 PM – 7:00 PM Talent Disruption – Talent development Do’s and Don’ts

Performance critiquing  [Music Business Sessions]

 

05:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception
05:15 PM – 6:00 PM Book Signings
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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?

[Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

09:00 AM DAY II, Part 2 – Be an Entrepreneur

These sessions will provide real-time critiquing of artists acoustic performances. [Music Business Sessions]

09:30 AM – 12:00 PM The Music Entrepreneur Initiative

Moderated By: Barry Coffing, CEO, MusicSupervisor.com, Owner, SpringBoard – The Band Bootcamp [Music Business Sessions]

09:30 AM – 10:00 AM Unplugged Sound Stage – Performance Critiquing Session – Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers

[Music Business Sessions]

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Introduction

The moderator will introduce speakers, emphasize the importance of music entrepreneurs in the music ecosystem. [Music Business Sessions]

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. [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs.]

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Session I: The “NEW” Music Industry Overview

Success in the music business requires both pieces of knowledge of the traditional music industry structure and a keen understanding of how music sales today. This session of the Music Entrepreneur Initiative discusses how are innovative entrepreneurs changing the business model. How entrepreneurs can organize their income streams into an effective business strategy. [Music Business Session]

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Session II: Case Study – Operating A Recording Studio in the Modern Music Economy

The studio environment is its music ecosystem–what are the new models employed that help musicians, producers, and record labels/investors complete their projects? Recording studios can be creative training spaces for entrepreneurs. [Music Business Session]

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

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Session III: Legal Advice for Music Entrepreneurs

Entertainment attorneys provide an overview of contracts, agreements, and negotiating strategies music entrepreneurs will encounter when setting up, establishing and growing their business. [Music Business Session]

12:15 – 12:30 PM Unplugged Sound Stage – Performance Critiquing Session – Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers

This session will provide real-time critiquing of artists acoustic performances.  [Music Business Sessions]

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Monster Sound Stage

Equipment Demonstration and Artists Showcase – Sponsored by Guitar Center Pro and Power504Radio.com

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Crowdfunding, and raising money for film and music projects [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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.

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

01:30 PM – 2:15 PM Making Money with Music

From the authors of “The Indie Band Survival Guide”

Musicians can make a living with music today. The secret is to tap multiple income streams. Whether they’re a solo artist, band, DJ, EDM producer, or other musician, this workshop covers critical revenue streams they need to tap for their music to generate income, grow their fan base, and thrive in today’s tech-driven music environment — whether they’re a beginner or a pro. Long-time industry professionals, Electronic Musician Magazine columnists and authors Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan take you step-by-step through proven techniques for establishing steady revenue streams in today’s music business.

This talk teaches musicians how to add revenue streams to produce more income from shows, earn worldwide royalties, generate licensing opportunities, maximize product and merchandise revenue, build a sustainable patronage following, and much more by successfully competing against free options, and creating multiple, parallel income streams on the activities musicians already do. Musicians learn how to maximize the money they make from their music while minimizing the money they spend promoting it. [Music Business Sessions]

02:30 PM – 3:30 PM The 4 Keys to A Successful Music Career!

Create Great Music · Play Great Shows · Develop Great Fans · Make Great Money [Music Business Session]

 

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?

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

03:45 PM – 5:15 PM Part 1: Managing your Recording Session, Part 2: Artists CD Listening Session

Part 1: Managing your Recording Session – The Art of Making a Great Recording or at least a good one – Part 2: Artists CD Listening Session – Panelists will critique selected audience recordings. [Music Business Session]

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.

[Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]


                        
04:45 PM – 6:00 PM Monster Sound Stage – Unplugged Performance – Selected artists

Sponsored by: Guitar Center Professional and Power504Radio.com

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August 22, 2018
03:00 AM – 4:30 PM [ROOT MUSIC GATHERING] Conversation and Demonstration with Kirk Joseph and Dwayne Dopsie

An intimate conversation about influences and signature styles with two iconic musical talents, Jazz sousaphone virtuoso, the originator of “sousafunk,” Kirk Joseph and Grammy Award-nominated, and winner of “America’s hottest Accordionist” Zydeco accordionist Dwayne Dopsie.

The conversation and performance will be lead by pianist, bandleader, label manager, Lilli Lewis. 

[Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint]

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Roots Music Gathering
03:00 AM – 4:30 PM [ROOT MUSIC GATHERING] Conversation and Demonstration with Kirk Joseph and Dwayne Dopsie

An intimate conversation about influences and signature styles with two iconic musical talents, Jazz sousaphone virtuoso, the originator of “sousafunk,” Kirk Joseph and Grammy Award-nominated, and winner of “America’s hottest Accordionist” Zydeco accordionist Dwayne Dopsie.

The conversation and performance will be lead by pianist, bandleader, label manager, Lilli Lewis. 

[Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint]

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Film & Interactive
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. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

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Music Business
01:30 – 4:00 PM Monster Sound Stage – Performance

Sponsored by     Guitar Center Professional and Power504Radio.com

 

03:00 AM – 4:30 PM [ROOT MUSIC GATHERING] Conversation and Demonstration with Kirk Joseph and Dwayne Dopsie

An intimate conversation about influences and signature styles with two iconic musical talents, Jazz sousaphone virtuoso, the originator of “sousafunk,” Kirk Joseph and Grammy Award-nominated, and winner of “America’s hottest Accordionist” Zydeco accordionist Dwayne Dopsie.

The conversation and performance will be lead by pianist, bandleader, label manager, Lilli Lewis. 

[Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint]

09:00 AM DAY II, Part 2 – Be an Entrepreneur

These sessions will provide real-time critiquing of artists acoustic performances. [Music Business Sessions]

09:00 AM DAY III, PART 4 – Songwriting

Interviews · Performances · Critiquing [Music Business Sessions]

09:00 AM DAY III, PART 5 – Talent Assessment
09:00 AM DAY IV, PART 6 -Management

[Music Business Sessions]

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Sound Stage – Unplugged Songwriters Performance Sponsor

Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers [Music Business Sessions]

09:30 AM – 12:00 PM The Music Entrepreneur Initiative

Moderated By: Barry Coffing, CEO, MusicSupervisor.com, Owner, SpringBoard – The Band Bootcamp [Music Business Sessions]

09:30 AM – 10:00 AM Unplugged Sound Stage – Performance Critiquing Session – Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers

[Music Business Sessions]

09:30 AM – 10:00 AM Sound Stage – Unplugged Songwriters Performance – Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers

Selected songwriters will receive critiquing of their acoustic performance. [Music Business Sessions]

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Introduction

The moderator will introduce speakers, emphasize the importance of music entrepreneurs in the music ecosystem. [Music Business Sessions]

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Ralph Murphy’s Songwriters Interviews

Songwriting interviews with songwriters Lars Halvor Jansen and Leslie Blackshere Smith, by the man who wrote the book, “Murphy Laws of Songwriting.” [Music Business Session]

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Publicity in Action

Creating a brand for an artist or entertainment company

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM [Educators Forum] Civic Engagement in Education

Taking up the challenge of encouraging students and educators to view themselves as problem solvers, developing the skills needed to work with others to make a difference. Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Executive Dean Delgado Community College West Bank Campus, Moderator Presenting: Dr. Bethel Cager, and Monique Handy – The Next Generation School

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Session I: The “NEW” Music Industry Overview

Success in the music business requires both pieces of knowledge of the traditional music industry structure and a keen understanding of how music sales today. This session of the Music Entrepreneur Initiative discusses how are innovative entrepreneurs changing the business model. How entrepreneurs can organize their income streams into an effective business strategy. [Music Business Session]

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Session II: Case Study – Operating A Recording Studio in the Modern Music Economy

The studio environment is its music ecosystem–what are the new models employed that help musicians, producers, and record labels/investors complete their projects? Recording studios can be creative training spaces for entrepreneurs. [Music Business Session]

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Artist Management: Creating opportunities for an artist, e.g., Networking!

Everyone has a role! Selecting talent, communicating, songwriting, practice and recording session management, a therapist is just some of the many hats of a manager. This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help advance their careers.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Branding: Working with new and traditional Media to Move an Artist’s career forward

Media professionals will discuss how to use current media opportunities and relationships to brand and secure opportunities for artists. [Music Business Sessions]

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Session III: Legal Advice for Music Entrepreneurs

Entertainment attorneys provide an overview of contracts, agreements, and negotiating strategies music entrepreneurs will encounter when setting up, establishing and growing their business. [Music Business Session]

12:00 PM DAY IV, PART 7 – Music Cities

[Music Business Sessions]

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM One on One Consultation

Get your legal, performance and recording questions answered. [Legal & Music Business]

12:15 – 12:30 PM Unplugged Sound Stage – Performance Critiquing Session – Sponsor by TX-Watt Amplifiers

This session will provide real-time critiquing of artists acoustic performances.  [Music Business Sessions]

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Music City: New Orleans?

The concept of a “music city” has been a key buzzword for the past couple of years. This panel discussion will focus on questions such as: What is a music city? What are the components of a music city? Is New Orleans a music city? How can we learn from other music cities and adopt music friendly policies? This panel is presented by the Recording Academy®. [Music Business Institute]

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Monster Sound Stage

Equipment Demonstration and Artists Showcase – Sponsored by Guitar Center Pro and Power504Radio.com

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Selecting Music for Film, Television, and Commercials

Learn how the process works for getting your music into commercials, movies, and TV. [Music Business Session]

01:30 PM – 2:15 PM Making Money with Music

From the authors of “The Indie Band Survival Guide”

Musicians can make a living with music today. The secret is to tap multiple income streams. Whether they’re a solo artist, band, DJ, EDM producer, or other musician, this workshop covers critical revenue streams they need to tap for their music to generate income, grow their fan base, and thrive in today’s tech-driven music environment — whether they’re a beginner or a pro. Long-time industry professionals, Electronic Musician Magazine columnists and authors Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan take you step-by-step through proven techniques for establishing steady revenue streams in today’s music business.

This talk teaches musicians how to add revenue streams to produce more income from shows, earn worldwide royalties, generate licensing opportunities, maximize product and merchandise revenue, build a sustainable patronage following, and much more by successfully competing against free options, and creating multiple, parallel income streams on the activities musicians already do. Musicians learn how to maximize the money they make from their music while minimizing the money they spend promoting it. [Music Business Sessions]

01:30 PM – 3:00 – Music Cities Reception
01:45 PM – 3:00 PM A&R: Do you have what the music industry is looking for?

Follow the panelists’ discussion on how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panel will include execs from record labels, management, distribution and public relations.  [Music Business Session]

02:30 PM – 3:30 PM The 4 Keys to A Successful Music Career!

Create Great Music · Play Great Shows · Develop Great Fans · Make Great Money [Music Business Session]

 

03:15 PM – 4:15 PM The Booking Process! – What is today’s audience looking for from an artist?

Agents, talent buyers, managers and festival producers must understand what their audience is looking for and when to introduce the new artists. Join booking and touring professionals as they explain their methods and rationale for selecting and representing artists. [Music Business Session]

03:45 PM – 5:15 PM Part 1: Managing your Recording Session, Part 2: Artists CD Listening Session

Part 1: Managing your Recording Session – The Art of Making a Great Recording or at least a good one – Part 2: Artists CD Listening Session – Panelists will critique selected audience recordings. [Music Business Session]

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! [Legal/Business CLE 1.25 cr.hrs.]

04:30 PM – 7:00 PM Talent Disruption – Talent development Do’s and Don’ts

Performance critiquing  [Music Business Sessions]

 

04:45 PM – 6:00 PM Monster Sound Stage – Unplugged Performance – Selected artists

Sponsored by: Guitar Center Professional and Power504Radio.com

05:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception
05:15 PM – 6:00 PM Book Signings
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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?

[Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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.

[Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs.]

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legal Practice Management – Escrow Accounts in Entertainment Representation [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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. [Legal/CLE 1.00 cr. hrs.]

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM “The Business and Law of Buying and Selling Publishing Companies and Songwriter Royalties [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

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.

[Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

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

Latest case law – Current Trends and Hot Topics [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

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

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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

Covering the Music Modernization Act, content distribution, and the new technologies Sponsored by Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

[Legal/CLE .75 cr. hr.]

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Crowdfunding, and raising money for film and music projects [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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.

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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. Sponsored by Art, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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?

[Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

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.

[Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs.]


                        
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! [Legal/Business CLE 1.25 cr.hrs.]

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