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Cutting Edge REDUX

Music Business Sessions

October 14 – 17, 2020

 Schedule

All panel takes place in Central Daylight Time [CDT]

Wednesday, October 14

 

2:00 – 4:00 – Virtual Song Challenge Workshop

2:00 – 2:55 PM         Talking Sync

Conversation with Barry Coffing and Michele Vice-Maslin

 

3:00 – 3:40  [CDT]  Michele Vice-Maslin on Sync and Music Licensing, Catalogue Building, PROs, Writing for Sync, and being a woman producer in the music business.

 

3:40 – 4:00  [CDT]  Q&A with Barry Coffing & Michele Vice-Maslin

 

4:00 – 9:00 PM   [CDT]      Showcases – Artists Presenting Series

Thursday, October 15 

[MORNING SESSIONS]

10:00 – 11:00 AM [CDT]  Business Management for the Creative Mind – How to Run Your Music

Business Like a Pro Applying fundamentals of small business to your music business to create a profitable and sustainable business.

Speaker:

  • Debra Russell, Debra Russell Coaching

 

 

 

11:15 – 12:30 PM [CDT]   Negotiating Recording Agreements [Business/Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

Important clauses and deal points to consider when negotiating • artist – record company agreement • record producer – artist agreement • artist/record company – recording Entrepreneurs and musicians are among those seeking success by signing artists or self-releasing music. This panel will cover legal issues that arise when an artist and recording company are negotiating to make or release a sound recording. Including the ownership

structure, income streams, of standard agreements, and potential contractual enhancements.

Speakers:

  • Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)
  • Vinny Kumar, Esq., Keniley Kumar, Atlanta, GA

 

Thursday, October 15

[AFTERNOON SESSIONS]

12:45 – 1:45 PM  [CDT]   What are the challenges in 2021 for the International Music Community? FutureCasting: What will 2022 look like?

Speakers:

  • Drew Young, Good and Plenty Records (Moderator)
  • Ake Lundstrom, Director, Live At Heart, Sweden
  • Tony Moore, Right Here with Tony Moore, London, UK
  • Maximiliano De la Fuente, GrooveList, Santiago Chile
  • Ed Bicknell, Manager, London, UK

 

 

 

2:00 – 3:15 PM [CDT]    Monetized Music Platforms: You Can Make Money Performing During COVID-19

Speakers:

  • Monica Corton, CEO, Go to Eleven Entertainment
  • Steve Marks, CEO, of RoadNation
  • Mat Devine, Head of Music Partnership, Cameo
  • Stephen White, CEO, StageIt
  • AJ Smith, Musician

 

 

 

3:30 – 4:45 PM  [CDT]     Partner Presentation: 2112 Incubator Chicago and the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship –

Martin Atkins

Art and Entrepreneurship in a Time of Crisis: This is the story of a journey – art and entrepreneurship in a time of crisis is the story of a punk rock DIY pioneer and his reaction to the onset of the crisis, the lockdown and his efforts along with his team to make some kind of positive difference for others and the unexpected momentum and then fire that these actions created.

 

 

 

5:00 – 7:00 PM   [CDT]      Showcase – 2112 Chicago presents

 

6:00 – 9:00 PM    [CDT]     Showcases – Artists Showcases broken down by genres or mix bag

 

Friday, October 16

[MORNING SESSIONS]

10:00 – 11:00 AM  [CDT]   The making of a Virtual Variety Show – RIGHT HERE with Tony Moore –

LIVE from London Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Artistic Director at The Bedford, has produced a virtual variety show every day throughout the pandemic lockdown. An amazing CGI production

complete with musical guests, interviews, plenty of CGI imagery. Tony and his crew will discuss how it all come together day after day.

Speakers:

  • Tony Moore, Musician, Songwriters, Producer, Music Director, The Bedford

 

 

 

11:15 – 12:30 PM  [CDT]    FutureCasting: What to Expect in Promotions and Management in 2021? What is essential to get right?

Publicists and managers are on the front line of artists’ survival the pandemic has created anxiety over the future of LIVE music, the best methods for promoting artists and projects. What can we expect in the industry for the next 18 – 24 months?

Speakers:

  • Ryan Block, WeCollective (Moderator)
  • Cindy D’Adamo, LadyLake PR
  • Paul K. Saunders, Co-Founder of Lightwork Digital and New Music Lives
  • Bridget Fleury, Executive Entertainment Management
  • Michael Dixon, Management Soda Rock Music
  • Marcia Groff, Entertainment Enterprises

Friday, October 16

[AFTERNOON SESSIONS]

12:45 – 1:45 PM  [CDT]    5G – Revolutionizing Live Streaming?

Speakers:

  • Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment
  • Huntington Septien, Septien Entertainment

 

 

 

2:00 – 2:45 PM  [CDT]    Keynote conversation with our Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Jim McCormick

Hit Songwriter Jim McCormick, and Jan Ramsey, Publisher, OffBeat Music Magazine, will discuss Jim’s career, New Orleans, and how he became a Nashville icon.

Speakers:

  • Jim McCormick, Songwriter
  • Jan Ramsey, Publisher, OffBeat Magazine

 

 

 

3:00 – 4:15 PM  [CDT]   Making Records for TV/Film & Ad Placements?

The lines are blurring on what is thought of as “music for sync” and “records for release”. Top-level artists, writers, producers, and publishers are making songs for ads, TV promos, shows, and trailers. Sometimes it’s for a specific project or brief, and other times its just great songs that have a high probability of finding a choice placement. This panel will explore what makes a great “sync song” and what are the attributes that raise the perception of the buyer to pay respectable fees for the use of the music. We’ll also discuss how to promote the song in other media such as YouTube, Spotify, and Instagram when a prime placement with big exposure is featuring the song.

Speakers:

  • Rich Goldman, President, RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP (Moderator)
  • Chip Herter, Music Director, Deutsch Advertising
  • Justin “Bumper” Reeve, Founder/CEO, Hidden Track Music
  • Alison Sieh, Music Supervisor for Aspect Ratio

 

4:00 – 9:00 PM  [CDT]       Showcases

Artists Showcases by genres or mix bag

Saturday, October 17

[MORNING SESSIONS]

10:00 – 11:00 AM [CDT]  Educators Forum: Pay Equity for Musicians

An open forum on the need discussion on artists’ fees in LIVE performances and Record music. Sponsored by the Musicians Council on Fair Wages and Lead by Dr. Peter Cho, Musician, Musician Union Broad Member, and Executive Dean, Delgado Community College, Westbank Campus

Participants:

  • Peter Cho, Musician, Executive Dean Delgado Community College Westbank Campus
  • Jonathan Olson, Esq
  • Henry Turner, Jr. Musician
  • Lilli Lewis, Musician, Label Manager Louisiana Red Hot Records
  • Boyanna Trayanova, Musicians’ Alliance – A Unified Voice for New Orleans Musicians

 

 

 

11:00 – 12:15 PM  [CDT]     Recording Technology and Modern Producing

Producers, engineers, and record executives discuss the latest studio tech and how it improves the recording process.

Speakers:

  • Ryan Block, IndependentEar Records
  • Mark S. Berry, Producer, Producer, Chairman, AMG/Sony
  • John J. Maxmillion, Jr., Engineer, Producer, Owner, Maximum Productions Studios
  • Abid Hussain, Esq., Attorney, Engineer
  • Paul Diaz, Owner, Tree Sound Studios

Saturday, October 17

[AFTERNOON SESSIONS]

 

12:30 – 1:30 PM [CDT]    Composing in Finale

How to Get your Compositions finished!

Speakers:

  • Kevin George, Musician, Educator, Delgado Community College

 

1:00 – 2:00 PM  [CDT]   Southern Electronic Music Conference – Recording Tech/ Electronic Music 101

What is Electronic music? What is the future of Electronic Music?

Speakers:

  • Bug Gigabyte, Musician, Founder Electronic Music Conference

 

2:00 – 2:30 PM  [CDT]     Southern Electronic Music Conference – Synthesizers 101

The history of synths and the different kinds

Speakers:

  • Bug Gigabyte, Musician, Founder Electronic Music Conference

 

2:30 – 3:00 PM  [CDT]      Southern Electronic Music Conference – Djing and scratching for beginners.

Speakers:

  • Tony Skratchere, Owner, New Orleans DJ School

 

4:00 – 9:00 PM   [CDT]     Showcases

Artists Showcases by genres or mix bag

 

Who is speaking? Check out our list of Business Session speakers

 

  • Abid Hussain, Esq., Attorney, Engineer
  • AJ Smith, Musician
  • Ake Lundstrom, Director, Live At Heart, Sweden,
  • Barry Coffing, Founder/CEO, MusicSupervisor.com
  • Bridget Fleury, Executive Entertainment Management
  • Bug Gigabyte, Musician, Founder, Southern Electronic
  • Chip Herter, Music Director, Deutsch Advertising
  • Cindy D’Adamo, LadyLake PR
  • Debra Russell, Debra Russell Coaching
  • Drew Young, Good and Plenty Records,
  • Ed Bicknell, Manager, London, UK
  • Henry Turner, Jr., Musician, Promoter
  • Huntington Septien, Septien Entertainment Group
  • Jan Ramsey, Founder, Publisher OffBeat Music Magazine
  • Jim McCormick #1 Hit Songwriter
  • John J. Maxmillion, Jr., Engineer, Producer, Studio Owner
  • Kevin George, Musician, Composer, Delgado Community College
  • Lilli Lewis, Musician, Label Manager, Louisiana Red Hot Records
  • Linda Septien, Septien Entertainment Group
  • Marcia Groff, Entertainment Enterprise
  • Mark S. Berry, Chairman, Producer, AMG, Sony
  • Martin Atkins, Entrepreneur
  • Mat Devine, Head of Music Partnership at Cameo
  • Maximilliano De la Fuente, GrooveList, Santiago Chile,
  • Michael Dixon, SodaRock Management
  • Michele Vice-Maslin, Emmy winning Songwriter, Producer
  • Monica Corton, CEO Go to Eleven Entertainment (Moderator)
  • Paul Diaz, Owner, TreeSound Recording Studio
  • Paul K. Saunders, Co-Founder of Lightwork Digital and New Music Lives
  • Peter Cho, Executive Dean Delgado Community College Westbank Campus
  • Rich Goldman, RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP (Moderator)
  • Ryan Block, IndependentEar Music Group (Moderator)
  • Scott Keniley, Esq., Keniley Kumar, Atlanta, GA
  • SINthetik Messiah, Engineer, DJ
  • Stephen White, CEO of StageIt
  • Steve Marks, CEO of RoadNation
  • Tony Moore, Right Here with Tony Moore, London, UK,
  • Tony Skratchere, Owner, New Orleans DJ School

 

28th Annual

CUTTING EDGE ENTERTAINMENT LAW SEMINAR

October 15 – 17, 2020

New Orleans

 Online

All panel takes place in Central Daylight Time [CDT]

“Songs – Publishing – Trademark – Films – Transactional Issues”

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

 

This course is approved for a total of 13.5 hour(s) of credit, including 1.00 hour(s) of ethics, 1.00 hour(s) of professionalism, and 1.00 hour(s) of law office practice by the MCLE Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

 

Thursday, October 15

[MORNING SESSIONS]

10:00 – 11:00 AM   [CDT]      Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

What do you do when the attorney on the other side is unprofessional, nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?

Speakers:

  • Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

 

11:15 – 12:30 PM   [CDT]      Negotiating Recording Agreements [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover legal issues that arise when an artist and recording company negotiates to make or release a sound recording, including the ownership structure, income streams, standard agreements, and potential contractual enhancements.

Speakers:

  • Marc D. Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law PA, Boca Raton, FL (Moderator)
  • Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA
  • Michael Olsen, Esq., President, eOne Records Nashville
  • Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Thursday, October 15

[AFTERNOON SESSIONS]

12:45 – 2:00 PM     [CDT]             LIVE Entertainment in a less live world [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

Navigating Force Majeure and other pandemic issues

Speakers:

  • Marc D. Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law PA, Boca Raton, FL
  • James Sammataro, Esq., Pryor Cashman LLP, Miami
  • Frank Nicotera, Esq., Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

 

 

 

 

2:15 – 3:30 PM     [CDT]             A Practical Look at Recent Court Decisions in Film and TV Production [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

Speakers:

Stan Soocher, Esq. Educator, Author, Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance, Denver, CO

 

 

3:45 – 5:00 PM     [CDT]             “The Music Modernization Act: Mechanicals and Performances”

Title 1 of the Music Modernization Act of 2008 made significant changes in the areas of interactive streaming and limited and permanent download collections and distributions as well as the rate setting process of the performing rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI. This panel will discuss the creation of the Music Licensing Collective (the MLC), its governance and committees, the newly created blanket compulsory license for digital music providers and the importance of the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) in the creation of a definitive public database of musical works. In addition, the Copyright Royalty Board interactive streaming rates for the period 2018-2022 as well as the appeal of those rates by the DSPs will be reviewed. Finally, the  major changes of the MMA as to how ASCAP and BMI license fees are arrived at in the future as well as a review of what those rates mean in dollars to writers and publishers will be addressed.

 

Speakers:

  • Jeff Brabec, Esq., Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs BMG/ Co-author of “Music, Money and Success”/ Board member of the MLC
  • Todd Brabec, Esq., former ASCAP Executive Vice President/ Co-author “Music, Money and Success”

Friday, October 16

[MORNING SESSIONS]

 

[The Vernon P. Thomas Ethics Panel – Dedicated to the Memory of the Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events Co-Founder]

10:00 – 11:00 AM  [CDT]       Ethics This panel will cover the rules of professional conduct and Social Justice areas. [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.] 

Speakers:

  • Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • Tim Kappel, Esq., Pierson Wells, New Orleans, LA
  • Vernon W. Thomas, Esq. New Orleans, LA

 

 

11:15 – 12:30 PM  [CDT]       Registering cannabis trademarks. If cannabis is federally illegal why are we even talking about this? [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

Trademarks are source identifiers. Cannabis is a controlled substance. Controlled substances cannot lawfully be introduced into interstate commerce. Panelists will address cannabis trademark issues including controlled substances, “plant-touching,” the 2018 Farm Bill, FDA obstacles, best practices, and strategies for registering cannabis trademarks “around the edges.”

Speakers:

  • Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, New Orleans, LA
  • Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang Adwar, LLP, New York, NY
  • Mary Shapiro, Esq. Evoke Law, PC, San Francisco, CA

Friday, October 16

 

[AFTERNOON SESSIONS]

 

12:45 – 1:45 PM  [CDT]    Royalties in the Streaming Era: The ever-expanding income sources for music creatives – and where to find them [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

In today’s digital music economy, the creator is king, and the streaming world is the ever-expanding kingdom. The RIAA reports that the U.S. recorded music industry grew by 13% in 2019, to $11.1 billion, with streaming accounting for 80% of total revenue. And yet, many music creatives are unsure about how to fully optimize their earning potential. With the Music Modernization Act taking effect in 2021, what do artists, managers and attorneys need to know to identify these revenue streams and get paid. DISCUSSION TOPICS:

  • How streaming has changed the income model for artists
  • The impact of the Music Modernization Act and Mechanical Licensing Collective
  • Top royalty stream categories – where to find and how to register
  • Revenue streams that are often neglected – best options to supplement artist income
  • Evolution of streaming and royalty tracking/payment over the next five years
  • Potential impact on record label, publishing and distribution deals
  • Raising capital: Song royalty/catalog sales versus royalty-based financing

 

Speaker:

  • Alex Heiche, Founder and CEO, Sound Royalties
  • Serona Elton, Head of Education Partnerships, The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)
  • Navarro W. Gray, Esq., The Gray Law Firm, Hackensack, NJ

 

2:00 – 3:15 PM       [CDT]            “Music Licensing in Today’s World: A Changing Landscape” [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

With the use of music across all platforms at an all-time high, the contracts, licenses, negotiations, considerations, fees, and “backend royalties” reflecting these uses have entered a new realm of complexity and long-term significance. This panel will discuss how these music deals are structured and how the “economics” has, in many cases, changed dramatically for writers and publishers.

Areas covered include, among others,  the multiple types of traditional television and film licenses, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney audio-visual streaming services, Spotify and Pandora audio streams, ASCAP, BMI, GMR and SESAC agreements, distribution formulas and royalties, mechanicals in multiple configurations, movies being made into Broadway musicals, dramatizing songs for feature films and television series, holograms, video games and more.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Brabec, Esq., Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs BMG and co-author “Music, Money and Success”
  • Todd Brabec, Esq., former ASCAP EVP and co-author “Music, Money and Success”
  • Richard Perna, Music Entrepreneur, former VP/COO Hamstein Music, founder and CEO Evergreen Copyrights

 

 

 

3:30 – 5:00 PM     [CDT]             Film Agreements and the Making of the Buddy Holly Biography Film [Legal/ CLE 1.5 cr. hr.]

Covering the agreements and negotiations of a music legend biography film.

Speakers:

  • Darryl Cohen, Esq. Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)
  • Richard “Rick” French, CEO, French/West/Vaughan, Filmmaker, Board Member, Buddy Holly Foundation
  • Christoper Szapary, Esq, Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, New Orleans, LA
  • Stephen J. Easley, Esq., Law Office of Stephen J. Easley, Esq.

 

Saturday, October 17

[MORNING SESSIONS]

 

10:00 – 11:00 AM  [CDT]       Legal Practice Management: Do’s and Don’ts of Building a Successful Entertainment Law Practice [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

New Orleans has become a hub for music, film and TV industries, but what does it mean for an attorney and independent music and filmmaking clients. This panel will walk you through maintaining communication with clients, client funds management, and making sure the filmmaker/client engagement letters are correct. Review user-generated content rights and procedures with filmmaker clients. Establishing a disbursement system for staff fees payment. Review intellectual property agreements, tax credit financing incentives, and distribution.

 

Speakers:

  • David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA (Moderator)
  • Vernon W. Thomas, Esq. Law Offices of Vernon P. Thomas, New Orleans, LA
  • Tim Kappel, Esq. Pierson Wells, New Orleans, LA

 

 

11:15 – 12:45 PM   [CDT]      Rock and Roll Estates: Death Doesn’t End a Career [Legal/ CLE 1.50 cr. hr.]

The job of an entertainment lawyer does not end at a rock and roll client’s death, it just becomes a whole lot more complex.  Probate, Intestacy, Taxes, Contested Wills, Biopics, and Endless Litigation, are just a few of the new areas of the law to learn.  For years we have known that death doesn’t end a recording career, as record companies continue to mine the vaults, while the music lives on in ads, movies and television, but with Hologram technology, we now even have touring careers.  Our experts break down some of the after life challenges faced by counsel to Estates and family and friends are left when a star joins the heavenly choir.

Speakers:

  • Stephen J. Easley, Esq., Law Office of Stephen J. Easley, Esq.,
  • Richard Perna, Music Entrepreneur, former VP/COO Hamstein Music, founder and CEO Evergreen Copyrights
  • Kenneth J Abdo, Esq., Fox Rothschild, Minneapolis, MN
  • Neville L. Johnson, Esq., Beverly Hills, CA

28th Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar

The course is approved for a total of 13.5 hour(s) of credit, including 1.00 hour(s) of ethics, 1.00 hour(s) of professionalism, and 1.00 hour(s) of law office practice by the MCLE Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. #redux #cuttingedge2020 #cle2020

Faculty

·      Alex Heiche, Founder and CEO, Sound Royalties

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

·      Darryl Cohen, Esq., Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)

·      David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA (Moderator)

·      Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

·      Frank Nicotera, Esq., Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

·      James Sammataro, Esq., Pryor Cashman LLP, Miami

·      Jeff Brabec, Esq., Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs  BMG/ Co-author of

“Music, Money and Success”/Board member of the MLC

·      Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

·      Kenneth J. Abdo, Esq., Fox Rothschild, Minneapolis, MN

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

·      Mary Shapiro, Esq., Evoke Law, PC, San Francisco, CA

·      Michael Olsen, Esq., President, eOne Records Nashville

·      Navarro W. Gray, Esq., The Gray Law firm, Hackensack, NJ

·      Neville J. Johnson, Esq., Johnson and Johnson, Beverly Hills, CA

·      Richard “Rick” French, CEO, French/West/Vaughan, Filmmaker, Board Member,

Buddy Holly Foundation

·      Richard Perna, Music Entrepreneur, former VP/COO Hamstein Music, founder and

CEO Evergreen Copyrights

·      Serona Elton, Head of Education Partnerships, The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)

·      Stan Soocher, Esq., Educator, Author, Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Law & Finance,

Denver, CO

·      Stephanie Adwar, Esq., Furgang Adwar, LLP, New York, NY

·      Stephen J. Easley, Esq., Law Office of Stephen J. Easley, Esq.

·      Suzette Toledano, Esq., Toledano Entertainment & Arts Law, New Orleans, LA

·      Tim Kappel, Esq., Pierson Wells, New Orleans, LA

·      Todd Brabec, Esq., former ASCAP Executive Vice President/ Co-author “Music, Money

and Success”

·      Vernon W. Thomas, Esq., Law Offices of Vernon P. Thomas, New Orleans, LA

·      Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

 
 

 

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