26th CUTTING EDGE CE CONFERENCES AND EVENTS August 22 – 25, 2018 InterContinental Hotel, New Orleans   SAVE THE DATES  




August 22 – 25, 2018

InterContinental Hotel, New Orleans




Cutting Edge’s activities include:

Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar · Music Business Sessions · Film and Interactive Workshop · Educators Forum · Roots Music Gathering · NewWorks Artist Showcase · NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival

New Orleans is the home of the Cutting Edge, where music, great songs, and talented musicians are essential to our cultural identity.

The 26th edition of the Cutting Edge CE Conference (formerly Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) will take place at the New Orleans InterContinental Hotel, August 22 – 25, 2018. Registration is now open, visit
Cutting Edge CE Conference provides an intimate environment where musicians, entertainment professionals, and attorneys can mingle with speakers asking and answering questions in a relaxed atmosphere. Panel topics and speakers will concentrate on “Hot” topics and “Current” trends in today’s music and entertainment industry.


26th Cutting Edge Entertainment Law SeminarUpdates in Today’s Entertainment Law – The seminar will explore the updates in Strategies, Tactics and Important Deal Points in entertainment contracts. Panel sessions covering new domestic and international laws on entertainment litigation, copyrights, Virtual Reality (VR), IP issues, crowdfunding, business formation, distribution, producers’ agreements and transactional legal issues facing Indie filmmakers pitching projects for Reality TV.


Music Business Sessions – Cutting Edge will host “The Art of Listening.” How the Entertainment Industry Evaluates Artists Songs, Performances, and Recordings. Entertainment experts will address how becoming a successful artist/group require attention to detail, a committed professional development team, songwriting and musicianship. Panelists will critique live performances by artists as part of panels on songwriting, producing great records or at least good ones, booking gigs, management, and recording techniques. Entertainment entrepreneurs will gain vital knowledge on business planning, using music to brand your business and how to promote shows and events. Social media experts will show musicians and entrepreneurs how to get a million fans.


Cutting Edge CE Listening Room at the conference will provide the ultimate artist’s industry networking/performance opportunity, provide real-time critiquing during conference sessions and at daily networking events. The importance of listening allows panelists to engage and the artist to express their artistry while being critiqued by industry professionals. The concept of listening is an essential to the artists’ showcases and the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival. Film and Interactive Workshop – Music in Films screening and panels on the use of music in Indie Filmmaking will again address use issues and how music helps tell a filmmakers story. Cutting Edge’s Educators Forum will discuss entrepreneur training and the music industry.

NewWorks Artist Showcase and the 8th NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival – Located in Downtown New Orleans, the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival and NewWorks Artists Showcase is a Cutting Edge Showcase Festival presenting essential and emerging artists from across the country. The CE Listening Room is a forum for artists to deliver their NewWorks in an atmosphere where their artistry is more important than beer sales.


Cutting Edge’s Roots Music Gathering will ‘get back to its roots’ – Here “Roots Music” is defined as music with a cultural base in communities that have been passed down from generation to generation. The Roots Music Gathering is a series of conference sessions, lectures, presentations, exhibits and audio/visual presentations organized to encourage discussion on the history, cultural context, and artistry of various styles of music known as ‘roots.” (e.g., Jazz, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Rock and Roll, Rap, Country, Bluegrass, Louisiana Swamp Pop, Cajun/Zydeco, Tejano, Polka, Caribbean/Latin), music once found only in Chitlin’ Circuit and Dance Hall venues and radio programs like Louisiana Hayride, a radio show from Shreveport Louisiana that helped shape Country music. Look for a yearlong exploration into the history and legacy of “Music in/of America.”

Cutting Edge invites artists/managers interested in performance slots during the conference to follow this link for more information, go to NewWorks Artist Showcase

Or email us Showcase application deadline: April 1, 2018.

Want to ATTEND? Get the early bird rate; click HERE.

Need a Room: Click HERE

Suggest a Panel/Speaker Do you have a panel topic you want to suggest? If so, send us a note at the email address above.

Additional 2018 Cutting Edge Supported/Produced Events and Programs

February 10: Cutting Edge supports the 5th Annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival on North Boulevard in Downtown Baton Rouge For More Info


March 17 & 18: Cutting Edge co-produce the Ultimate Louisiana Party Festival Tour – Hudson on Mercer, Dripping Spring, TXduring SXSW For more info:

Cutting Edge is proud to help coordinate the Delgado Music Festival and the Delgado Songwriting Contest

April 5Delgado Songwriting Contest Finalists Show. To submit your song for consideration and contest guideline visit

April 6 & 7: Delgado Music Festival, City Park Campus The festival will 

include music performances, masterclasses, and a songwriters

contest. All proceeds will go toward music scholarships and program enhancements.


August: Cutting Edge CE Listening Room – Returning for the inaugural of its acclaimed six-week presenting series, a forum for artists to deliver their NewWorks in an atmosphere where their artistry is more important than beer sales. Sponsored in part by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc

2017 – Chitlin’ Circuit Revisited: Byrd’s Satellite Lounge at the Henry Turner, Jr.’s Listening Room, Baton Rouge. In partnership with the Ultimate Louisiana Party and Henry Turner, Jr. Listening Room

2017 – Chitlin’ Circuit Revisited: Abe’s 506 Club and the Savoy Ballroom, Pensacola, FL.

Cutting Edge would like to thank its 2017 friends and supporters: The Cutting Edge speakers who help us create an atmosphere that leaves no one out of the conference action. The City of New Orleans Mayor Office, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Memphis Grammy Chapter, ReverbNation, New Orleans Agenda, 2112 Chicago, Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest), Mitchell Silberberg & Krupp LLP, Councilmember Nadine Ramsey, Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint, Delgado Community College, T-Watt Amplifiers, The Ultimate Louisiana Party, Historic Carver Theater Foundation, Capitol View Arts, and the Historic Victory Grill. Cutting Edge venue partners: Little Gem Saloon, House of Blues, Sidney’s Saloon, Central City BBQ, Julius Kimbrough’s Prime Example Jazz Club and our 2017 showcase artists.

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