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Cutting Edge C E

Gets Back To The

Music • Songs • Musicians

New Orleans is the home of the Cutting Edge C.E. In New Orleans, music is more than business; it’s also cultural expression. Every artist that performs during the Cutting Edge C.E. becomes a part of New Orleans cultural history.

Cutting Edge Music Business Sessions

Cutting Edge Music Business Conference

Featuring successful music professionals who address “hot” topics and “new” trends–everything from getting your music in films, to booking, touring, publicity and promotions.


Continuing Legal Education

The Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar examines the latest in Entertainment Law including litigation trends, publishing, current contractual agreement safeguards as well as film contracts and digital agreements.

NewWorks Showcase

Bring on the Bands! Play for the professionals. A band’s best publicity is performance. In addition, these artists get an opportunity to attend panels and network at the conference.

Roots Music Gathering

The roots of New Orleans music are the Cutting Edge, even when the backbeat is a half beat behind. The Roots Music Gathering is about the world communities that like New Orleans produce music as a part of their cultural expression.

Film and Interactive

Film and Interactive

The Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Media Workshops show independent filmmakers on how to finance films and garner distribution deals. Those interested can apply to have their film screened in the Cutting Edge Film Series.


NOLA Downtown Festival

The Music Business Institute (MBI) introduces the NOLA DOWNTOWN music and arts festival presented with the Cutting Edge: CE. Taking place in the Central Business District and the Warehouse Arts District the festival celebrates the revival of Downtown New Orleans.