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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.

Subject to change

August 27, 2016
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Publishing Income from Film and Digital Media [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

What and where are the sources of income for publishers in film and digital media, how should attorneys advise their clients to position themselves to take full advantage of these sources? Areas covered include film and TV, new mechanical streaming consoles, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, streaming live performances and much more.

Speakers:

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

Jessica Kaye, Esq., Kaye and Mills, Beverly Hills, CA

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

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

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM [Educators Forum] Can the “New” Crowdfunding Rules help Educators and Non-Profits Raise Funds for Programming

Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Chair Music and Music Business, Delgado Community College, Moderator

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Publicity in Action: creating a brand for your Artist or Entertainment Company

Speakers:

Marcia Groff, Publicist, Entertainment Enterprises, Moderator

Diana Thornton, Owner, Crescent Music Services

T. J. Sagen, Manager, Jeff Battaglia Management

Michael Dixon, Sodarock Entertainment

Christian Unruh, Esq. Ford Luaderdale, FL

Hunter Scott, LaFamos PR

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM The Performance Right- a World in Transition Songs and Sound Recordings- the cornerstone of the worldwide music business. [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

The Performance Right- responsible for a substantial portion of song and record royalties. This panel will discuss the 3 billion dollar world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange and how these organizations generate income for songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies as well as how foreign country performance song and record royalties are handled and distributed. Challenges to these collection societies will also be discussed as well as alternative licensing strategies and the viability of new competing business models and entities. What is the future for Harry Fox Agency now that it owned by SESAC

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

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Artist Management, Promotions and the new media techniques

This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help artists advance their careers.
Speakers:
Rico Brooks, CEO, Adella Thomas Management
Rueben Williams, Thunderbird Management
Cosimo Ohms, Anamaze Booking Agency
John Tovar, TMG Music
Michael Dixon, Sodarock Entertainment
J. Sagen, Manager, Jeff Battaglia Management
Lou Hill, Musician, Bandleader, Moderator

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Breaking Down The Mix

Producer/Engineer Mark Hornsby and Artist/Session Drummer Nick D’Virgilio will take the newest single from “The Fringe” and break it down from the final mastered mix (and music video) to the raw tracks and back again. What was recorded, how it was recorded, how the tracks were processed-everything to take the song from raw band stage to the final product.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – The Results Part 3
12:30 PM – 12:30 PM Legal Practice: Successful Independent Filmmaking- Reality TV [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

New Orleans has become a hub for the film and TV industry but what does that mean for an attorney and their independent filmmaker client. This panel will walk you through the process of maintaining communication with the filmmaker, the client funds management, making sure filmmaker/client engagement letter are correct. Review user generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker client. Establish a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review production agreements tax credit financing incentives and distribution

Speakers:

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

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

Ellis Pailet, Esq., Pailet & ostendoff LLP, New Orleans, LA

Christoper Szapary, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, New Orleans, LA

01:00 PM – 1:45 PM [Film Panel] Movie Making and Fundraising

Insights from filmmakers on fundraising techniques, pitches and managing budgets. [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest)]

Speakers:

Maggie Hadleigh-West, Filmmaker, Film Fatale

Allen E. Frederic, III, Esq., Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Corporate & Securities Practice Group, Co-executive producer on Lee Daniels’ film, The Butler and producer of his featured film, King of New Orleans.

Ted Baldwin, Director, Owner, 3rd Coast Digital Films

Carmine Cervi, Director of Programming, Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest)

01:30 PM – 2:45 PM [Tech Talks] Legal and Practical Considerations for Emerging Music Technology

As consumer interest in music streaming, digital media and app-based entertainment increases, we observe steady growth in the music industry’s relationship with, and reliance upon, technology. Join our legal and professional experts as they discuss a number of fundamental business and legal issues confronted by developing music – tech companies as they enter this “new media frontier.” [Sponsored by 2112 Music, Film, Technology Incubator and the VL Group]

Speakers

Jeff Becker, Esq.

Abid Hussain, Esq.

J. Miguez, CEO, VL Group

Marcus Cobb, CEO, Co-Founder, Jammber.com

 

01:45 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/Entrepreneurs Consultation- one-on-one consultations

Topics: The Recording , management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding, Incubator professional.

02:00 PM – 3:00 pm [Film Panel] Content, Culture and Impact

Maggie Haleigh-West leads a discussion on the importance of creating films with a culturally relevant message that will have a positive impact on the audience and the world.

Darcy Mckinnon, Executive Director, NOVAC – New Orleans Video Access Center, moderator

Ji Un Choi, writer/director/producer, The Shotgun Waltz

Kim Rivers-Roberts, , Filmmaker, Fear No Gumbo – A Documentary Film, Star of Katrina documentary ‘Trouble the Water’

Maggie Hadleigh-West, Filmmaker, ‘Player Hating: A Love Story’
Angela Tucker, Filmmaker, (A)Sexual, Black Folk Don’t, a documentary web series

02:00 PM – 3:30 PM Ableton Meetup – Ableton Live Demonstration
Legal Sampling Using Ableton by

Abid Hussain, Attorney and Ableton Certified Trainer, Founder of the New Orleans Ableton User Group

Join Abid Hussain as he conducts a demonstration of the multiple ways that sampling technology has evolved, using revolutionary and cutting edge production and performance software, Ableton Live. As both an attorney for 10 years, a music producer for 25 years, and an Ableton Certified Trainer for 6 years, Abid will show you a unique perspective of how to make sample-based music and stay out of legal trouble. The discussion and demonstration will cover the following topics: – What is sampling? What is not sampling?- When is sampling illegal?- When and how can you use samples?- Creative sampling – turn one sound into another sound entirely.- How modern music production uses samples.- Ways to get your sample-based productions cleared for release.

– Signing a song to a label, and what your liabilities are when you do not disclose the use of uncleared samples.

With an audience of lawyers, music producers, and performers, we expect the discussion and demonstration to be hands-on and thoroughly immersive. Don’t miss the chance to see cutting edge software and its impact on a topic as tricky as sampling.

03:00 PM Music Innovation Hackathon – Concludes

Pitches + Awards: 3pm at the InterContinetal Hotel

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August 26, 2016
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Litigation: Entertainment and Sports Cases Updates [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Speakers:

Paul V. LiCalsi, Esq., Robins Kaplan, New York, NY

John Tehranian, Esq., One LLP, Beverly Hills, CA

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

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

Scott Keniley, Esq. Keniley Kumar, Atlanta, GA

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Murphy Laws Songwriting – Crafting Your Song Part 2

Get the inside track on songwriting as a craft from award-winning songwriter Ralph Murphy, Author “ Murphy Laws of Songwriting”

10:40 AM – 12:10 PM Digital Music Licensing- New Deals, Negotiations and Income [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Opportunities for music use are at an all time high both in the online/ digital world as well as in traditional media. But with these opportunities has come an increasing complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties. This panel will discuss many of these new deals download and streaming services, video games, music in apps, interactive toys and live concert streaming), the strategies being employed, the considerations important to both user and copyright owner, the multiple platforms and distribution channels being requested and the money in initial fees and backend royalties being generated.

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

David Lessoff, Esq., Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles, CA  

Jessica Kaye, Esq., Kaye and Mills, Beverly Hills, CA

 

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Social 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

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Do you have what record labels are looking for???

Follow the panelists discuss how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panelists will also advise artists who perform live for the panel how they might improve their chances to get sign and distributed. The panel will include executives from record labels, distribution, public relations and distribution

Speakers:

Rico Brooks, CEO, Adella Thomas Management

David Lessof, Esq. Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Steve Jones, CEO, Brash Records

Scott Billington, Executive Vice – President, Rounder Records

Lillie Lewis, Musician, Louisiana Red Hot Records

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Kim Stephens, FORWARD Entertainment

 

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Washington Report: Updates and Insights – There is more happening in Washington than you think! [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hrs]

This panel will visit important rules and legislation that will effect how cases are decided and money flows in the entertainment business, including Web IV CRB rulings, the DOJ investigations into the consent decrees and the Sec. 115 mechanical royalty proceeding.

Speakers:

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

01:30 PM – 2:45 PM Copyright and Trademark Protections in New Technology [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Maintaining copyrights and trademark protections in the face of increase consumer transactions presents a challenge for new technology enterprises and their legal teams. This panel will cover intermediary liability threats, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.

Speakers:

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

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

Gregg R Zegarelli, Esq., Pittsburgh, PA

John Tehranian, Esq., One LLP, Beverly Hills, CA

Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang & Adwar, LLP, NY NY

02:00 PM – 2:45 PM Keynote Address – Jake Schneider, Managing Partner, Madison House Booking and Management
02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Agents and Talent Buyers: The Live Music Business & Its Importance to Emerging Artists

Touring and booking are the biggest balancing act for artists today. A lack of tour support and a tougher retail marketplace leaves the touring arena more attractive and crowded than ever. Join our professionals as they look at the future of artists on the road

Speakers:

Kerry Brown, Musician, Talent Buyer, Bay Harbor Fest, Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival

Stu Schayot, Manager, Talent Buyer, Howlin’ Wolf

Jeff B romberger, Owner, Maison/Dragon Den/Hi Ho, Manager (Manny Fresh)

David Silbaugh, Talent Buyer, SummerFest

Henry Turner, Jr, Musician, Producer, Ultimate Louisiana Party Tour

Linda Septien, Talent Developer (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves, industry expert for American Idol and The Voice (Moderator)

03:00 PM – 3:45 PM Keynote Interview: Tyler Thompson – Cross Creek Films [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

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

03:45 PM – 5:15 PM From Piracy to Producer Agreements – Shading light on the chaotic world of Film Distribution Economics [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Filmmakers, distributors and film transactional attorneys will discuss the many aspects of film distribution, cash flow, talent negotiations, producers’ agreements and global piracy.

Speakers:

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

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

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

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

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Music Supervising: The Anatomy of a Song Placement – Selecting music for Film, Television and Commercials [Sponsored and presented by the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter]

Getting your songs placed in TV, film, and commercials can fund your music organization and establish or advance your career. Learn how the process works from this panel of industry insiders. The panel will consist of Music Supervisors, Marketing Executive and Sync Licensing experts, discussing how the process works from their prospective.

Speakers:

Jay Weigel, Composer, Producer, Conductor, Film Scorer

 

05:00 PM – 6:30 PM [Film Panel] Cutting Edge Film Meetup/Reception

A discussion with Film Producers of “Take Me To The River” on the Blues and their new film on New Orleans.  [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest]

Speakers:

Martin Shore, Filmmaker, Producer, Take Me To The River

05:00 PM – 6:30 PM Reception [Sponsored and presented by the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter]
05:00 PM – 10:00 PM Music Innovation Hackathon – Begins at InterContinental Hotel 444 St. Charles Avenue

Goal | Developers will find a way to use music, while also utilizing the culture of the city (think: create an app that activates songs, and information when you travel to a different part of the city).

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August 25, 2016
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 simply delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

Speakers:

Vernon P. Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM The Art of Making a Great Recording or at lease a good one – Managing your recording session
Our panelists will discuss do’s and don’ts of making a studio recording. Including mixing and mastering techniques
Speakers:
Mark Hornsby, Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios, Moderator
Carlo Ditta, Producer, Owner, Orleans Records
Rick Garcia, Producer, Executive Vice President, Hacienda Records
Chris Nicotera, Musician, Engineer, Director of Delgado Community College Sound Production Program
Nick D’Virgilio, Producer, Sweetwater Studio
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Transactional Law: Agreements for the Modern Age [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

This panel will review of important techniques to help attorneys and entertainment executives negotiating entertainment and media agreements for artists representation, recording contracts, producers agreements, endorsement and marketing agreements.

Speakers:

Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL (Moderator)

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

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Crowdfunding Update: Raising Equity Funds for New Ventures [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

This panel will review and discuss the possibilities created by the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investor through Internet crowdfunding platforms.

Speakers:

Gregg R Zegarelli, Esq., Pittsburgh, PA

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Scott Keniley, Esq., Atlanta, GA

Allen E Frederic, III, Esq., Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans, LA

 

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Got a legal question? Ask A Lawyer – It is All About the Paperwork

Discussion and Questions on music business contracts. Have a question for our team of entertainment attorneys here is your opportunity.

Mentors:

Abid Hussain, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Jeffrey S Becker, Esq., Swanson Martin & Bel, LLP, Chicago

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

Law Students Q & A

Speakers:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

01:00 PM – 2:00 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 Ethics – Rights in the online world [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

Lawyers are often in the position of accessing employees’ personal information i.e. company emails, but how much is too much. How is privacy addressed? What about protecting clients’ data from breaches? What about gaining access to prospect employees or jurors social profiles? What are the ethical concerns as attorneys use technology more in their legal practice?

Speakers:

Vernon P. Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Nadine Ramsey, Esq., New Orleans, LA

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

02:15 PM – 3:15 PM Under The Influence with Martin Atkins: Touring

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 – “Welcome To The Music Business You’re F—-“ [MUSIC BUSINESS SESSION]

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and 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.      

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

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

Martin Fischman, Esq. NFLPA Contract Advisor, New Orleans

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

Tim Bennett, Owner, Overtime Sports, MGM Ballpark, Biloxi, MS

03:30 PM – 4:30 PM Ralph Murphy “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting” – Part 1

Songwriting Discussion with Maroon 5’s PJ Morton (Founder/CEO of Morton Records, singer/keyboardist in Maroon 5 & songwriter)

Speakers:

Ralph Murphy, Author, “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting”

PJ Morton, Musician, Singer/Songwriter

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Live Performance VIP Packages Agreements and other aspects of the artist/promoter relationship. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

VIP seating and accommodations (e.g. Big Chief VIP Experience, Listening parties, After Parties, artist meet and greet experiences), what are the artist, promoter, venue and ticketing agency agreements and liabilities.      

Speakers:

Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Frank Nicotera, Esq., CAO and General Counsel, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

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

 

04:45 PM – 5:30 PM Juke Box Jury: CD Listening Sessions Music Critiquing

Speakers

John Tovar, Manager TMG Records

Christian Unruh, Esq., Former Radio Program Director

David Silbaugh, Talent Buyer, SummerFest

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Film & Interactive
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Breaking Down The Mix

Producer/Engineer Mark Hornsby and Artist/Session Drummer Nick D’Virgilio will take the newest single from “The Fringe” and break it down from the final mastered mix (and music video) to the raw tracks and back again. What was recorded, how it was recorded, how the tracks were processed-everything to take the song from raw band stage to the final product.

01:00 PM – 1:45 PM [Film Panel] Movie Making and Fundraising

Insights from filmmakers on fundraising techniques, pitches and managing budgets. [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest)]

Speakers:

Maggie Hadleigh-West, Filmmaker, Film Fatale

Allen E. Frederic, III, Esq., Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Corporate & Securities Practice Group, Co-executive producer on Lee Daniels’ film, The Butler and producer of his featured film, King of New Orleans.

Ted Baldwin, Director, Owner, 3rd Coast Digital Films

Carmine Cervi, Director of Programming, Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest)

01:30 PM – 2:45 PM Copyright and Trademark Protections in New Technology [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Maintaining copyrights and trademark protections in the face of increase consumer transactions presents a challenge for new technology enterprises and their legal teams. This panel will cover intermediary liability threats, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.

Speakers:

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

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

Gregg R Zegarelli, Esq., Pittsburgh, PA

John Tehranian, Esq., One LLP, Beverly Hills, CA

Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang & Adwar, LLP, NY NY

01:30 PM – 2:45 PM [Tech Talks] Legal and Practical Considerations for Emerging Music Technology

As consumer interest in music streaming, digital media and app-based entertainment increases, we observe steady growth in the music industry’s relationship with, and reliance upon, technology. Join our legal and professional experts as they discuss a number of fundamental business and legal issues confronted by developing music – tech companies as they enter this “new media frontier.” [Sponsored by 2112 Music, Film, Technology Incubator and the VL Group]

Speakers

Jeff Becker, Esq.

Abid Hussain, Esq.

J. Miguez, CEO, VL Group

Marcus Cobb, CEO, Co-Founder, Jammber.com

 

01:45 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/Entrepreneurs Consultation- one-on-one consultations

Topics: The Recording , management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding, Incubator professional.

02:00 PM – 2:45 PM Keynote Address – Jake Schneider, Managing Partner, Madison House Booking and Management
02:00 PM – 3:00 pm [Film Panel] Content, Culture and Impact

Maggie Haleigh-West leads a discussion on the importance of creating films with a culturally relevant message that will have a positive impact on the audience and the world.

Darcy Mckinnon, Executive Director, NOVAC – New Orleans Video Access Center, moderator

Ji Un Choi, writer/director/producer, The Shotgun Waltz

Kim Rivers-Roberts, , Filmmaker, Fear No Gumbo – A Documentary Film, Star of Katrina documentary ‘Trouble the Water’

Maggie Hadleigh-West, Filmmaker, ‘Player Hating: A Love Story’
Angela Tucker, Filmmaker, (A)Sexual, Black Folk Don’t, a documentary web series

02:00 PM – 3:30 PM Ableton Meetup – Ableton Live Demonstration
Legal Sampling Using Ableton by

Abid Hussain, Attorney and Ableton Certified Trainer, Founder of the New Orleans Ableton User Group

Join Abid Hussain as he conducts a demonstration of the multiple ways that sampling technology has evolved, using revolutionary and cutting edge production and performance software, Ableton Live. As both an attorney for 10 years, a music producer for 25 years, and an Ableton Certified Trainer for 6 years, Abid will show you a unique perspective of how to make sample-based music and stay out of legal trouble. The discussion and demonstration will cover the following topics: – What is sampling? What is not sampling?- When is sampling illegal?- When and how can you use samples?- Creative sampling – turn one sound into another sound entirely.- How modern music production uses samples.- Ways to get your sample-based productions cleared for release.

– Signing a song to a label, and what your liabilities are when you do not disclose the use of uncleared samples.

With an audience of lawyers, music producers, and performers, we expect the discussion and demonstration to be hands-on and thoroughly immersive. Don’t miss the chance to see cutting edge software and its impact on a topic as tricky as sampling.

03:00 PM Music Innovation Hackathon – Concludes

Pitches + Awards: 3pm at the InterContinetal Hotel

05:00 PM – 6:30 PM [Film Panel] Cutting Edge Film Meetup/Reception

A discussion with Film Producers of “Take Me To The River” on the Blues and their new film on New Orleans.  [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest]

Speakers:

Martin Shore, Filmmaker, Producer, Take Me To The River

05:00 PM – 10:00 PM Music Innovation Hackathon – Begins at InterContinental Hotel 444 St. Charles Avenue

Goal | Developers will find a way to use music, while also utilizing the culture of the city (think: create an app that activates songs, and information when you travel to a different part of the city).

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Music Business
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM [Educators Forum] Can the “New” Crowdfunding Rules help Educators and Non-Profits Raise Funds for Programming

Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Chair Music and Music Business, Delgado Community College, Moderator

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM The Art of Making a Great Recording or at lease a good one – Managing your recording session
Our panelists will discuss do’s and don’ts of making a studio recording. Including mixing and mastering techniques
Speakers:
Mark Hornsby, Director of Operations, Producer, Engineer, Sweetwater Studios, Moderator
Carlo Ditta, Producer, Owner, Orleans Records
Rick Garcia, Producer, Executive Vice President, Hacienda Records
Chris Nicotera, Musician, Engineer, Director of Delgado Community College Sound Production Program
Nick D’Virgilio, Producer, Sweetwater Studio
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Murphy Laws Songwriting – Crafting Your Song Part 2

Get the inside track on songwriting as a craft from award-winning songwriter Ralph Murphy, Author “ Murphy Laws of Songwriting”

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Publicity in Action: creating a brand for your Artist or Entertainment Company

Speakers:

Marcia Groff, Publicist, Entertainment Enterprises, Moderator

Diana Thornton, Owner, Crescent Music Services

T. J. Sagen, Manager, Jeff Battaglia Management

Michael Dixon, Sodarock Entertainment

Christian Unruh, Esq. Ford Luaderdale, FL

Hunter Scott, LaFamos PR

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Artist Management, Promotions and the new media techniques

This panel of professionals will discuss essential industry components that help artists advance their careers.
Speakers:
Rico Brooks, CEO, Adella Thomas Management
Rueben Williams, Thunderbird Management
Cosimo Ohms, Anamaze Booking Agency
John Tovar, TMG Music
Michael Dixon, Sodarock Entertainment
J. Sagen, Manager, Jeff Battaglia Management
Lou Hill, Musician, Bandleader, Moderator

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Breaking Down The Mix

Producer/Engineer Mark Hornsby and Artist/Session Drummer Nick D’Virgilio will take the newest single from “The Fringe” and break it down from the final mastered mix (and music video) to the raw tracks and back again. What was recorded, how it was recorded, how the tracks were processed-everything to take the song from raw band stage to the final product.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Social 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

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Got a legal question? Ask A Lawyer – It is All About the Paperwork

Discussion and Questions on music business contracts. Have a question for our team of entertainment attorneys here is your opportunity.

Mentors:

Abid Hussain, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Jeffrey S Becker, Esq., Swanson Martin & Bel, LLP, Chicago

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Murphy Laws Songwriting – The Results Part 3
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Do you have what record labels are looking for???

Follow the panelists discuss how they select artists and how they work with newly signed artists. The panelists will also advise artists who perform live for the panel how they might improve their chances to get sign and distributed. The panel will include executives from record labels, distribution, public relations and distribution

Speakers:

Rico Brooks, CEO, Adella Thomas Management

David Lessof, Esq. Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Steve Jones, CEO, Brash Records

Scott Billington, Executive Vice – President, Rounder Records

Lillie Lewis, Musician, Louisiana Red Hot Records

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Kim Stephens, FORWARD Entertainment

 

01:00 PM – 2:00 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

01:00 PM – 1:45 PM [Film Panel] Movie Making and Fundraising

Insights from filmmakers on fundraising techniques, pitches and managing budgets. [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest)]

Speakers:

Maggie Hadleigh-West, Filmmaker, Film Fatale

Allen E. Frederic, III, Esq., Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Corporate & Securities Practice Group, Co-executive producer on Lee Daniels’ film, The Butler and producer of his featured film, King of New Orleans.

Ted Baldwin, Director, Owner, 3rd Coast Digital Films

Carmine Cervi, Director of Programming, Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest)

01:45 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions/Entrepreneurs Consultation- one-on-one consultations

Topics: The Recording , management, Promotions, Merchandising, Legal, Film, in the studio, Record label essentials, Funding, Incubator professional.

02:00 PM – 2:45 PM Keynote Address – Jake Schneider, Managing Partner, Madison House Booking and Management
02:00 PM – 3:00 pm [Film Panel] Content, Culture and Impact

Maggie Haleigh-West leads a discussion on the importance of creating films with a culturally relevant message that will have a positive impact on the audience and the world.

Darcy Mckinnon, Executive Director, NOVAC – New Orleans Video Access Center, moderator

Ji Un Choi, writer/director/producer, The Shotgun Waltz

Kim Rivers-Roberts, , Filmmaker, Fear No Gumbo – A Documentary Film, Star of Katrina documentary ‘Trouble the Water’

Maggie Hadleigh-West, Filmmaker, ‘Player Hating: A Love Story’
Angela Tucker, Filmmaker, (A)Sexual, Black Folk Don’t, a documentary web series

02:00 PM – 3:30 PM Ableton Meetup – Ableton Live Demonstration
Legal Sampling Using Ableton by

Abid Hussain, Attorney and Ableton Certified Trainer, Founder of the New Orleans Ableton User Group

Join Abid Hussain as he conducts a demonstration of the multiple ways that sampling technology has evolved, using revolutionary and cutting edge production and performance software, Ableton Live. As both an attorney for 10 years, a music producer for 25 years, and an Ableton Certified Trainer for 6 years, Abid will show you a unique perspective of how to make sample-based music and stay out of legal trouble. The discussion and demonstration will cover the following topics: – What is sampling? What is not sampling?- When is sampling illegal?- When and how can you use samples?- Creative sampling – turn one sound into another sound entirely.- How modern music production uses samples.- Ways to get your sample-based productions cleared for release.

– Signing a song to a label, and what your liabilities are when you do not disclose the use of uncleared samples.

With an audience of lawyers, music producers, and performers, we expect the discussion and demonstration to be hands-on and thoroughly immersive. Don’t miss the chance to see cutting edge software and its impact on a topic as tricky as sampling.

02:15 PM – 3:15 PM Under The Influence with Martin Atkins: Touring

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 – “Welcome To The Music Business You’re F—-“ [MUSIC BUSINESS SESSION]

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Agents and Talent Buyers: The Live Music Business & Its Importance to Emerging Artists

Touring and booking are the biggest balancing act for artists today. A lack of tour support and a tougher retail marketplace leaves the touring arena more attractive and crowded than ever. Join our professionals as they look at the future of artists on the road

Speakers:

Kerry Brown, Musician, Talent Buyer, Bay Harbor Fest, Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival

Stu Schayot, Manager, Talent Buyer, Howlin’ Wolf

Jeff B romberger, Owner, Maison/Dragon Den/Hi Ho, Manager (Manny Fresh)

David Silbaugh, Talent Buyer, SummerFest

Henry Turner, Jr, Musician, Producer, Ultimate Louisiana Party Tour

Linda Septien, Talent Developer (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves, industry expert for American Idol and The Voice (Moderator)

03:00 PM Music Innovation Hackathon – Concludes

Pitches + Awards: 3pm at the InterContinetal Hotel

03:30 PM – 4:30 PM Ralph Murphy “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting” – Part 1

Songwriting Discussion with Maroon 5’s PJ Morton (Founder/CEO of Morton Records, singer/keyboardist in Maroon 5 & songwriter)

Speakers:

Ralph Murphy, Author, “Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting”

PJ Morton, Musician, Singer/Songwriter

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Music Supervising: The Anatomy of a Song Placement – Selecting music for Film, Television and Commercials [Sponsored and presented by the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter]

Getting your songs placed in TV, film, and commercials can fund your music organization and establish or advance your career. Learn how the process works from this panel of industry insiders. The panel will consist of Music Supervisors, Marketing Executive and Sync Licensing experts, discussing how the process works from their prospective.

Speakers:

Jay Weigel, Composer, Producer, Conductor, Film Scorer

 

04:45 PM – 5:30 PM Juke Box Jury: CD Listening Sessions Music Critiquing

Speakers

John Tovar, Manager TMG Records

Christian Unruh, Esq., Former Radio Program Director

David Silbaugh, Talent Buyer, SummerFest

05:00 PM – 6:30 PM [Film Panel] Cutting Edge Film Meetup/Reception

A discussion with Film Producers of “Take Me To The River” on the Blues and their new film on New Orleans.  [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest]

Speakers:

Martin Shore, Filmmaker, Producer, Take Me To The River

05:00 PM – 6:30 PM Reception [Sponsored and presented by the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter]
05:00 PM – 10:00 PM Music Innovation Hackathon – Begins at InterContinental Hotel 444 St. Charles Avenue

Goal | Developers will find a way to use music, while also utilizing the culture of the city (think: create an app that activates songs, and information when you travel to a different part of the city).

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

Speakers:

Vernon P. Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Litigation: Entertainment and Sports Cases Updates [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Speakers:

Paul V. LiCalsi, Esq., Robins Kaplan, New York, NY

John Tehranian, Esq., One LLP, Beverly Hills, CA

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

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

Scott Keniley, Esq. Keniley Kumar, Atlanta, GA

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Publishing Income from Film and Digital Media [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

What and where are the sources of income for publishers in film and digital media, how should attorneys advise their clients to position themselves to take full advantage of these sources? Areas covered include film and TV, new mechanical streaming consoles, download and locker rates, apps, e-cards, advertising commercials, remixes and samples, interactive dolls and toys, slot machines, digital jukeboxes, streaming live performances and much more.

Speakers:

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

Jessica Kaye, Esq., Kaye and Mills, Beverly Hills, CA

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

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

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Transactional Law: Agreements for the Modern Age [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

This panel will review of important techniques to help attorneys and entertainment executives negotiating entertainment and media agreements for artists representation, recording contracts, producers agreements, endorsement and marketing agreements.

Speakers:

Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL (Moderator)

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 – 11:15 AM The Performance Right- a World in Transition Songs and Sound Recordings- the cornerstone of the worldwide music business. [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

The Performance Right- responsible for a substantial portion of song and record royalties. This panel will discuss the 3 billion dollar world of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange and how these organizations generate income for songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies as well as how foreign country performance song and record royalties are handled and distributed. Challenges to these collection societies will also be discussed as well as alternative licensing strategies and the viability of new competing business models and entities. What is the future for Harry Fox Agency now that it owned by SESAC

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

10:40 AM – 12:10 PM Digital Music Licensing- New Deals, Negotiations and Income [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Opportunities for music use are at an all time high both in the online/ digital world as well as in traditional media. But with these opportunities has come an increasing complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties. This panel will discuss many of these new deals download and streaming services, video games, music in apps, interactive toys and live concert streaming), the strategies being employed, the considerations important to both user and copyright owner, the multiple platforms and distribution channels being requested and the money in initial fees and backend royalties being generated.

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

David Lessoff, Esq., Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Los Angeles, CA  

Jessica Kaye, Esq., Kaye and Mills, Beverly Hills, CA

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Crowdfunding Update: Raising Equity Funds for New Ventures [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

This panel will review and discuss the possibilities created by the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investor through Internet crowdfunding platforms.

Speakers:

Gregg R Zegarelli, Esq., Pittsburgh, PA

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Scott Keniley, Esq., Atlanta, GA

Allen E Frederic, III, Esq., Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans, LA

 

12:30 PM – 12:30 PM Legal Practice: Successful Independent Filmmaking- Reality TV [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

New Orleans has become a hub for the film and TV industry but what does that mean for an attorney and their independent filmmaker client. This panel will walk you through the process of maintaining communication with the filmmaker, the client funds management, making sure filmmaker/client engagement letter are correct. Review user generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker client. Establish a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review production agreements tax credit financing incentives and distribution

Speakers:

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

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

Ellis Pailet, Esq., Pailet & ostendoff LLP, New Orleans, LA

Christoper Szapary, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, New Orleans, LA

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

Law Students Q & A

Speakers:

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Washington Report: Updates and Insights – There is more happening in Washington than you think! [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hrs]

This panel will visit important rules and legislation that will effect how cases are decided and money flows in the entertainment business, including Web IV CRB rulings, the DOJ investigations into the consent decrees and the Sec. 115 mechanical royalty proceeding.

Speakers:

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

01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics – Rights in the online world [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

Lawyers are often in the position of accessing employees’ personal information i.e. company emails, but how much is too much. How is privacy addressed? What about protecting clients’ data from breaches? What about gaining access to prospect employees or jurors social profiles? What are the ethical concerns as attorneys use technology more in their legal practice?

Speakers:

Vernon P. Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Nadine Ramsey, Esq., New Orleans, LA

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

01:30 PM – 2:45 PM Copyright and Trademark Protections in New Technology [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

Maintaining copyrights and trademark protections in the face of increase consumer transactions presents a challenge for new technology enterprises and their legal teams. This panel will cover intermediary liability threats, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.

Speakers:

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

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

Gregg R Zegarelli, Esq., Pittsburgh, PA

John Tehranian, Esq., One LLP, Beverly Hills, CA

Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang & Adwar, LLP, NY NY

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and 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.      

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

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

Martin Fischman, Esq. NFLPA Contract Advisor, New Orleans

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

Tim Bennett, Owner, Overtime Sports, MGM Ballpark, Biloxi, MS

03:00 PM – 3:45 PM Keynote Interview: Tyler Thompson – Cross Creek Films [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs]

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

03:45 PM – 5:15 PM From Piracy to Producer Agreements – Shading light on the chaotic world of Film Distribution Economics [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

Filmmakers, distributors and film transactional attorneys will discuss the many aspects of film distribution, cash flow, talent negotiations, producers’ agreements and global piracy.

Speakers:

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

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

Kevin Mills, Esq., Kaye & Mills, Los Angeles, CA

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

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Live Performance VIP Packages Agreements and other aspects of the artist/promoter relationship. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

VIP seating and accommodations (e.g. Big Chief VIP Experience, Listening parties, After Parties, artist meet and greet experiences), what are the artist, promoter, venue and ticketing agency agreements and liabilities.      

Speakers:

Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Frank Nicotera, Esq., CAO and General Counsel, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

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

 

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