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Wednesday, August  24,  2016                                                    For Immediate Release
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 Jazz lover Pat Jolly to receive Cutting Edge CE Lifetime Achievement Award 
 Annual music conference focus on Updates, Changes, and New Trends in Entertainment  
Pat Jolly
Pat Jolly
NEW ORLEANS -  Cutting Edge CE announces that Jazz Lover Pat Jolly will be presented with its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 which will be presented on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Little Gem Saloon, , 445 S. Rampart Street at Poydras Street during the opening reception (doors open at 6:00 PM). The 24th Annual Cutting Edge CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) takes place August 25-27, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel, New Orleans.

Every city's music community should have a Pat Jolly. Pat Jolly is the ever-present "voice in the head" of New Orleans' music and arts community. As a photographer you will see Pat Jolly at gigs, parties, gallery openings, events throughout the New Orleans area, but what Pat Jolly will do is more than take pictures, Geraldine Wyckoff said it best "[Pat] Jolly doesn't go to performances and gallery openings merely to take pictures and document occasions she engaged in what's going on and the people who are making it happen - she's part of it." [ 2014]

A position she has earned as the person who single handedly informed a generation about who was performing where, first in her legendary 1970 - 80's with the Jolly Jazz Calendar, a brochure of weekly listing funded by the New Orleans Jazz Festival, which taught the print publications the importance of music, gallery and event listings. She has continued into present day with her information campaign into the Internet age with her weekly listening of events, shows, CD releases and everything New Orleans. Not pretentious, never all knowing (though clearly often the most versed person in the room), always pleasant, ever on the move, having either going to an event or coming from one, she is a constant in the New Orleans music and culture scene and we are grateful and enriched by her dedication. 

"For 10 years, she produced Jazz Awareness Month to promote the music at free events around the city and she kept folks informed about goings-on with her legendary pre-internet Jolly Jazz Calendar. Presently, she sits on the board of the New Orleans Women in Music and LadyFest organizations and is active with the Women's Caucus for Art.

In the eyes of many in the New Orleans music world, Pat Jolly, who bought her first camera in the mid-'60s, will always wear a crown. It sparkles with her enthusiastic love of the music, people and pictures" writes Wyckoff.

Cutting Edge 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 focus on "Hot" topics and "Current" trends in today's music and entertainment industry.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be Madison House Booking & and Management's Partner, Jake Schneider as its 2016 Keynote Speaker. During his time at Madison House, Schneider has helped diversify the agency's roster and has garnered a reputation as one of the music industry's most talented young leaders. Today, Schneider books some of most successful and cutting edge acts in music including BASSNECTAR, Beats Antique, Lotus, Paper Diamond, Keys N Krates and dozens of others.

In addition, Cross Creek's Executive Vice President Tyler Thompson will serve as "keynote interview" for the conference. Mr. Thompson served as Executive Producer on the Academy Award-nominated Black Swan; box office hit The Woman in Black; George Clooney's The Ides of March; Ron Howard's Rush; and Jean Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivit. Thompson has recently moved into a producer role within CCP, serving as Producer on Everest, Black Mass, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as the picture currently entitled Mena, starring Tom Cruise.

The conference also includes music business sessions, film and interactive panels, music showcases and the Roots Music Gathering. Entertainment attorneys, record executives, agents, managers, artists, music supervisors, producers and filmmakers will help attendees better understand and navigate today's ever changing entertainment industry.

Click here for more conference details.

Conference Registration Rates Increase by $50 on August 1


 Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events "Music in Movies" Film Series August 24 & 25 
 Cafe' Istanbul New Orleans, 2374 St. Claude Avenue  

NEW ORLEANS -  The movie/TV and interactive industries have become essential to the music industry, accounting for a large portion of the revenue musicians and music professionals make each year. All together they make the entertainment business a powerful global economic force. Making the saying "Live locally, operate globally," truer than ever.

The Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Workshop will present panel sessions of key interest to filmmakers and technology entrepreneurs, panels on raising funds for your project or business ventures, the facts about getting distribution and the important legal issues facing technology entrepreneurs.

New, this year Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events will screen movies with one central theme: Music.

The Cutting Edge's  "Music in Movies" Film Series presents films that reflect music in all the ways music lovers seek to hear music when they go to the movies
Cutting Edge CE 2016 - Music in Movies Musicians and music industry folks love movies about music, musicians, music culture, movies with great sound tracts, they are the first one to notice the music and lean over in the dark theater and say, "That's a Muddy song, Frampton did that in..." The "Music in Movies" Film Series will show movies about the lives of musicians, the influence of music culture, important music places and something because the movie has a great soundtrack. Cutting Edge joins with the Chicago International Movie and Music Festival to screen four films at Café Istanbul, August 24th and 25th located at 2374 St Claude Avenue. The films are Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together, by Stevenson Palfi; A Song for You: The Austin City Limit Story, by Keith Maitland; Player Hating: A Love Story by Maggie Hadleigh-West; and, Take Me To The River, by Martin Shore.

Martin Shore will be the guest speaker at the Cutting Edge Film open to the public Film Meet and Greet, where he will talk about the making of " Take Me To The River," fundraising and his companion film presently in production on the preservation of New Orleans music culture. Friday, August 26, 5:30 PM at the InterContinental Hotel, Sponsored by the Chicago International Movie and Film Festival (CIMM Fest) and the 2112 Music, Film and Technology Incubator.

Take Me to the River Official Trailer -  Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby
Take Me to the River Official Trailer
- Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.

Wednesday, August 24 - Café Istanbul
Cutting Edge Film Series Opening night and Reception, Cafe Istanbul

Two films - Free open to the public:

7:00 PM [Film] - Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together - by Stevenson Palfi - New Orleans quintessential musicians film about three of New Orleans legendary piano players, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair and Mr Tuts Washington.

[Note] New Orleans' filmmakers Stevenson Palfi, Eddie Kurtz, Jim Gabor, Joe Sanford, Jay Weigel and others, made films and documented New Orleans/Louisiana culture long before tax credits. They are tremendously responsible for today's Louisiana film society.

[Introduction by Polly Waring, widow of filmmaker Stevenson Palfi, Comments by Clarence "Reggie" Toussaint]

8:30 PM [Film] - A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story - by Keith Maitland "I've snuck backstage at nearly every concert I've attended since I was 15 years old, and it was in the spirit of that kind of 'backstage-pass' that I wanted to approach A SONG FOR YOU" - Keith Maitland (Director/Producer).

Thursday, August 25

Two Films - Free open to the public
7:00 PM [Film] - Player Hating: A Love Story - by Maggie Hadleigh-West - Player Hating: A Love Story, is about hip hop artist Half-A-Mill, by Director Maggie Hadleigh-West screens APRIL 6-12, 2012 in NYC at QUAD cinema.

9:00 PM [Film] - Take Me to the River - by Martin Shore - "Take Me to the River" is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more.

Film and Interactive Business Sessions

Friday, August 26

3:00 - 3:45 PM Keynote Interview: Tyler Thompson - Producer - Cross Creek Pictures [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hrs]
Interviewer: Allen E. Fredric III, Esq., Jones Walker, New Orleans, LA

3:45 - 5:15 PM From Piracy to Producer Agreements - Shedding 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.

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

5:30 - 6:30 PM Cutting Edge Film Meetup/Reception [Film Panel/Roots] - A conversation on music, film and philanthropy led by Martin Shore, producer of Take Me To The River [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest]

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

Saturday, August 27

1:00 - 1:45 PM [Film Panel] Fundraising and Distributing Your Film - Insights from filmmakers on fundraising techniques, pitches and managing budgets. [In Conjunction with Chicago International Movie and Music Festival (CIMM Fest)]

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)

12:30 - 1:15 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]

Jeff Becker, Esq. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago
Abid Hussain, Esq. New Orleans, LA
J. Miguez, CEO, VL Group

1:30 - 2:30 Sampling and copyright considerations in using technology - Abelton discussed

2:00 - 3:00 [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.

2:30 - 3:15 Abelton LIVE Demonstration

3:30 PM Music Innovation Hackathon - Concludes Pitches + Awards: 3:30 PM at the InterContinental Hotel

For More info on the Hackathon Click HERE


 Cutting Edge CE Music-Tech Showcase & Hackathon is the place to meet music technology companies

NEW ORLEANS - CUTTING EDGE CE CONFERENCE'S Music-Tech Showcase is the place to meet music technology companies, those who uses technology to enhance the music and entertainment business opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs. Open to all no charge. Visit us at the InterContinental Hotel, Friday and Saturday of the Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events, August 26 - 27, 2016. Co-sponsored and hosted by 2112 Music-Film-Tech Incubator; Chicago's first incubator focused on the development of business  and entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative technology, and the VL Group , an Intergated Digital Media Agency.

Hosted by the VL Group and Launch Pad 
T he Hackathon is Free and Open to The Public
- register individuals or teams  HERE .

Cutting Edge Music Innovation Hackathon


 Madison House Artist Management & Booking Partner Jake Schneider to keynote Cutting Edge CE 
 Schneider will give his insights into the winning traces of successful touring bands.
NEW ORLEANS -  The 24th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events (formerly Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) announces Madison House Booking & Management's Partner, Jake Schneider as its 2016 Keynote Speaker.

Jack Schneider Jake Schneider is a Partner, Agent, and the Director of Agency Development at Madison House Inc., a booking and management company based in Boulder, Colorado. During his time at Madison House he has helped diversify the agency's roster and has garnered a reputation as one of the music industry's most talented young leaders. A University of Iowa alum, Jake began his career promoting shows in the upper Midwest. He moved to Boulder shortly after college to join the Madison House team as a booking agent and manager.

Today, Schneider books some of most successful and cutting edge acts in music including BASSNECTAR, Beats Antique, Lotus, Paper Diamond, Keys N Krates and dozens of others. Schneider works around the clock to revolutionize the space in which fans relate to a live show, maximizing the experience within outdoor festivals, arenas, amphitheaters and venues across the country.

Jake lends his insight to many organizations and panels - Insomniac's EDM Biz, Pollstar Live!, IMFCON, Canadian Music Week and SF MusicTech Summit are just a few who have tapped into his expertise for their various events. Sitting on the advisory board of the not for profit Conscious Alliance, Jake works within music communities to raise much needed monetary and food donations for economically isolated Native American reservations. He is also a member of the Colorado Rapids advisory board where he works to improve the overall fan experience for the club, which is one of the 10 founding soccer teams in the MLS.

From his adaption to the Rocky Mountains' relaxed lifestyle to his passion for all things technology and geekdom, Jake may very well be the world's only music agent/flyfisherman/comic book nerd. As diverse and complex as his talented roster, Jake continues to push the boundaries of concert booking and set groundbreaking footsteps for the future of the music business.

What is it like to be a high power talent agent? In Dave Brooks' Ampify magazine article "Inside Jake Schneider's Backpack," he gives a great glimpse into The Real considerations of a Super Agent.

Since its formation in 1996, Madison House Inc. has been dedicated to providing unique and innovative management and booking for its clients. The Madison House roster includes a diverse lineup of artists, including Grammy winner Jon Cleary, Bill Evans' Soulgrass, Deep Banana Blackout, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hilltop Hoods, John Brown's Body, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Greyboy Allstars, The Revivalists, The Soul Rebels and many more.

Cutting Edge 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 focus on "Hot" topics and "Current" trends in today's music and entertainment industry.

New Orleans is the home of the Cutting Edge, where music, great songs and talented musicians are essential to our cultural identity. Jake Schneider represents the best in today's artist development. Cutting Edge is pleased to have him as a part of New Orleans music culture.

Click here for more conference details.

Conference Registration Rates Increase by $50 on August 1


 Cross Creek's Executive Vice President Tyler Thompson to serve as "keynote interview" for Cutting Edge CE 
Tyler Thompson
Tyler Thompson
NEW ORLEANS -  A native of Louisiana, Mr. Thompson entered Hollywood in 2008, putting together financing on Burning Palms, starring Zoe Saldana and Dylan McDermott. Concurrently, Mr. Thompson, his father Timmy Thompson,(X)
and Brian Oliver formed Cross Creek Pictures, and Mr. Thompson has been instrumental in raising the funds that the company has managed. 

The Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar is one of the premier entertainment law seminars in the US. In addition to a faculty of first class entertainment attorneys a one-on-one interview will take place between famed film producer, Tyler Thompson, Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan, Black, Everest, Legend, A Walk Among the Tombs, Black Mass) and lawyer, movie producer and Partner at Jones Walker law firm, Allen E. Frederic III, Esq. 2016 will see exciting things happening in the Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Workshop geared to enhance the experience of the film and interactive communities. 

Mr. Thompson served as Executive Producer on the Academy Award-nominated Black Swan; box office hit The Woman in Black; George Clooney's The Ides of March; Ron Howard's Rush; and Jean Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivit. Mr. Thompson has recently moved into a producer role within CCP, serving as Producer on Everest, Black Mass, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as the picture currently entitled Mena, starring Tom Cruise.

In December 2012, Mr. Thompson was featured on Forbes' annual "30 Under 30" list of "young disruptors, innovators, and entrepreneurs in Hollywood."


24th Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar Topics Announced
Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar · Music Business Sessions · Educators Forum · Roots Music Gathering · NewWorks Artist Showcase
NEW ORLEANS - Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events announce 2016 Entertainment Law Seminar topics. The legal seminar is a part of the annual Cutting Edge CE Conference which this year takes place on August 25 - 27, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans.

The conference also includes music business sessions, film and interactive panels, music showcases and the Roots Music Gathering. Entertainment attorneys, record executives, agents, managers, artists, music supervisors, producers and filmmakers will help attendees better understand and navigate today's ever changing entertainment industry.

The 24th Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar will present a down-to-work continuing legal education seminar targeting the legal side of the entertainment business.

Cutting Edge - 2016 CLE

Our experienced group of speakers will present the latest updates and strategies in representing clients in the areas of music, film and sports. They will address key legal issues in today's Intellectual Property Law, New Rules in Equity Crowdfunding, Collective Bargaining in Sports, Film Distribution and the latest Transactional solutions in representing clients in the Art of the Deal.

2016 Legal Topics (subject to change):

Thursday, August 25, 2016

9:00 - 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?

10:15 - 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 negotiate entertainment agreements.

11:30 - 12:30 PM Crowdfunding Update: Raising Equity Funds for New Ventures [Legal/CLE 1.0 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.

12 Noon Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM Ethics - Rights in the online world [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]
How is employee privacy addressed?

2:45 - 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]
Representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and when there is a crisis and representation is needed with the media and in the courtroom.

4:00 - 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.

5:30 PM Networking Event

Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 - 10:30 AM Litigation: Entertainment and Sports Cases Updates [Legal/CLE 1.5 cr. hrs]

10:40 - 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. How are the deals structured?

12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 PM Copyright, Trademark and Patent Protections for Creatives in New Technology Platforms [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]
Maintaining copyrights, trademark and patent protections in the face of increased 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.

3:00 - 3:45 PM Keynote Interview: [Legal/CLE .75 cr. hr]

3:45 - 5:15 PM From Piracy to Producer Agreements - Shedding 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.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

9:00 - 10:00 AM Publishing Income from Film and Digital Media [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]
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.

10:15 - 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. hrs]
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

11:30 - 12:30 PM Legal Practice: Successful Independent Filmmaking- Reality TV [Legal/Film/CLE 1.0 cr. hrs]

***Cutting Edge Music Business Sessions Posted Soon***

Cutting Edge speakers are highly experienced professionals here are a few:

Stephanie Adwar STEPHANIE ADWAR Stephanie Furgang Adwar is a founding partner of Furgang & Adwar, LLP. She brings over 23 years of experience in both transactional and litigation matters in entertainment, trademark, unfair competition, and copyright law. She represents a wide variety of clients in the entertainment field, including independent film productions, screenwriters, producers, actors, comedians, authors, performing artists, musicians, independent record labels, music publishing companies, and television production companies as well as obtaining, maintaining, and protecting the firm's clients' complex intellectual property rights, from licensing and other transactions through litigation.

Ms. Adwar began her career in entertainment at The Gersh Agency, NY, Inc., DeLaurentis Entertainment, and CBS/Fox Video in New York. She went on to produce music videos for Time Shift Video in New York. She has been quoted in the news media, including ABC-TV Network's Nightline, and in numerous publications as an expert in entertainment, copyright, and trademark law...

Jeffrey Brabec, ESQ JEFFREY BRABEC, ESQ is Vice President of Business Affairs for BMG Chrysalis (representing the catalogues of OutKast, David Bowie, My Morning Jacket, Sheryl Crow, John Denver, and Blondie, Paul Anka, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, A3 ("The Sopranos" theme), Dan Wilson, TV on the Radio, Ray LaMontagne, Danger Mouse, and Cee-Lo Green). Brabec is the co-author with his twin brother Todd of the book "MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry"

Todd Brabec, ESQ TODD BRABEC, ESQ, former Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership for ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), is the co-author of Music, Money and Success: the Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Business and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches the course on music publishing, music licensing and film, television and video game scoring and song contracts. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, he is a current Governing Committee member of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and lectures extensively on all aspects of the business, legal and financial sides of music at universities, conferences, law firms, bar associations, business and law schools, songwriter associations and performing right organizations both in the U.S and throughout the world.

Rico Brooks RICO BROOKS As CEO of Adella Thomas Management, Rico Brooks does all of that and more. He oversees the music careers of some of the most notable names in the industry including platinum-selling producers Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin, and BWheezy Beatz, as well as hit-makers Ronnie D, D. Rich, songwriter Tasha Catour, Yung Coke, and German producer Bobby Johnson. In addition to being a top-notch beat broker, Brooks also co-manages the artist Que, and ManMan Savage.

Brooks notes his biggest accomplishment as bringing "new blood into an ever changing industry" by discovering and breaking phenomenal new talent. His persistence is evident when noting the fact that he has broken an artist or producer every year since 2005 (Boyz N Da Hood, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, Mykko Montana, Que, Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin, B. Wheezy Beatz). In 2010, that legacy of greatness continued with the success of music producers Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin, who have both topped the Billboard charts. Sonny Digital with the hit single "Racks" by YC featuring Epic Records signee Future and 2012 anthems "Same Damn Time" by Future and "Birthday Song" by 2 Chainz featuring Kanye West. Metro Boomin with the hit singles "Karate Chop", "Honest" also by Future. Together in 2014, Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin co-produced iLoveMakonnen's platinum selling single "Tuesday" and Metro Boomin was the featured Album Producer for Future's #1 chart topping album DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2), as well as Drake and Future's project What A Time To Be Alive.

Brooks' solid industry relationships, stringent work ethic and insatiable appetite for learning have helped catapult him and his company to a new pinnacle of success. Under Brooks' leadership, his clients have landed on projects for 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Beyonce, Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Rick Ross, and Fall Out Boy.

Darryl Cohen DARRYL COHEN Former Chairman of the Daytime Emmy Awards organization, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Darryl Cohen is an Atlanta based Entertainment attorney, Cohen appeared regularly on WXIA-TV/Channel 11, the NBC affiliate, and on the Fox News Channel. He currently provides on-air legal commentary for CNN/HNN. His Entertainment practice includes representation of on-air network talent, including anchors, actors, photographers, models, recording artists, and talent agencies.

Lesli D. Harris, Esq. LESLIE D. HARRIS, ESQ  Ms. Harris focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and entertainment law, representing professional sports teams, media companies and startup companies. Other areas of emphasis include employment law, class action defense and general business litigation. Ms. Harris is a regular contributor to the Fashion and Entertainment Law Guide blog.

Ms. Harris joined Stone Pigman in 2002 and is a member of the firm.  She is Chair of the New Orleans Bar Association's Entertainment Law Committee and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Litigation Committee's Membership, Board Member of AIDSLaw of Louisiana, and member of the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys. She is a member of the Tulane Inn of Court.  Ms. Harris speaks frequently on intellectual property topics. She is admitted to the Louisiana and New York bars.

Scott Keniley, ESQ SCOTT KENILEY, ESQ, has served as General Counsel to a publicly traded Record Company, Judge, Professor at Georgia State University and SAE. In his private practice Scott has been engaged in transactional, corporate and litigation matters for clients, including, but not limited to platinum and Grammy winning artists and producers, legacy artist estates, visual artists, authors, film companies, music and new media companies, technology start-ups, gambling consortiums, liquor companies, Internet Service Providers, clothing designers, magazines, sports equipment companies and heavy weight champion fighters.

Allen E Fredrick, III, ESQ ALLEN E FREDERIC, III, ESQ joined Jones Walker in 2003 and is a partner in the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group and Co-Chair of the firm's Entertainment Law Practice Group. Allen represents a number of producers and film financers in connection with the financing of numerous film productions, as well as directors, actors, and other entertainment professionals in the negotiation of performance contracts and license agreements. He also represents companies in a diverse range of industries with private equity transactions.

Allen is a co-executive producer on Lee Daniels' film, The Butler, which was released through The Weinstein Company in 2013. Mr. Frederic is currently in post-production on his first self-produced feature film, King of New Orleans.

David Lessoff DAVID LESSOFF is a Los Angeles-based counsel in the Entertainment Practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, with extensive legal experience in connection with recorded music, music publishing, Internet/technology and entertainment contracts with minors.

Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Lessoff was the Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Rhino Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Music Group, as well as managing partner in his own legal practice based in Los Angeles, California, representing recording artists, record companies, publishing companies, film companies, producers and songwriters. During his career, Mr. Lessoff has served as senior in-house counsel for New West Records, one of the country's most respected and successful independent record labels, and as a senior Legal & Business Affairs executive at Capitol Records for more than nine years. Additionally, Mr. Lessoff also has extensive experience handling recorded music audits, having served as the lead lawyer handling audits for both Capitol Records and Rhino Entertainment Company.

Nadine M. Ramsey, EsqNADINE M. RAMSEY, Esq. City Councilmember Nadine M. Ramsey, District "C" represents the largest and most diverse district in New Orleans, which includes Algiers, the French Quarter, Treme, Bywater and Marigny.  Councilmember Ramsey earned a B.A. from Newcomb College, and attended Cornell University Law School where she won the American Jurisprudence Prize for Constitutional Law and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Tulane University Law School. From there she launched a career rooted in public advocacy and service.

Councilmember Ramsey served as Judge for Orleans Parish Civil District Court from 1997-2009. She was elected by her colleagues to serve as Chief Judge in 2007 and 2008. Before being elected Judge, she ran her own law firm for nine years gaining a wealth of knowledge in small business operations and learning the importance of small businesses to New Orleans.  

As a partner in Pailet, Ramsey and Ostendorf, LLC, she handled a broad range of media and entertainment matters, including motion picture and digital media transactions. She has handled matters involving Louisiana incentives for motion picture investor tax credit, and digital interactive media tax credits.

Linda Septien Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years  of experience, whose success is measured by the number of music  industry professionals she has nurtured throughout her career. As CEO of  Septien Entertainment Group, Linda is the forefront authority on vocal  technique and vocal branding for all ages of artists. With over 12,000  students to her record, including branded icons Jessica Simpson, Demi
Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves and Destiny's Child among many
more, Linda prides herself on her ability to not only recognize talent, but
also create an effective development strategy in order to launch their
career including the art of stage presence, vocal style branding, and

Linda has been featured on ABC's 'NIGHTLINE', Kidd Kraddick in the
Morning (KISS FM), Good Morning Texas (WFAA), Good Day (Fox 4), VH1
Behind the Music, MTV, A&E Discover, Oxygen and MySpace Corporate.
Her patented training method has been published in the NEW YORK TIMES
best seller, "The Talent Code", where Linda was honorably recognized as
one of the Top Five Talent Coaches in the World!

Other editorial features include: Allure Magazine, Texas Monthly, The
Dallas Observer, Variety, People Magazine, Millionaire Blueprint, Musician
Coaching, DCEO and many more.

PJ Morton PJ Morton (born as Paul Morton, Jr. on March 29, 1981) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is most famously known as the keyboardist in the multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5, since 2010. On March 27, 2012, Morton released his debut solo EP, Following My First Mind, through the record label Young Money. Adam Levine was featured on the lead single, "Heavy"; other musicians on the EP include Lil Wayne, Jazmine Sullivan and Chantae Cann. On May 14, 2013, Morton released his first major-label debut album, New Orleans. He released his mixtape Bounce & Soul Vol. 1 in March 2016. (via Wikipedia)

Frank Nicotera FRANK NICOTERA serves as Chief Administrative Officer/General Counsel for Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Frank joined Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. in March 2006 and is responsible for all legal matters, purchasing, human resources, risk management, and insurance. Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. is the owner and producer of Summerfest, The World's Largest Music Festival, which is an 11 day festival that has operated continuously since 1968...

Frank has over 36 years of experience as an attorney and a senior executive in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. he served as a Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. He has represented musicians, performing rights organizations and record producers. He was also an adjunct instructor, in the Music Department of Delgado College, New Orleans, Louisiana, where he taught courses in Copyright and Music Publishing.
Frank received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in 1977. He received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law, in New Orleans, in 1980. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

In his spare time he is an accomplished drummer who has previously performed with many notable New Orleans musicians. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Summerfest, and other events.

Olga Wilhelmine Munding OLGA WIHELMINE MUNDING  It would be hard to sum up Olga in one word or as one particular professional pursuit. She has her mind and work in many veins including an extensive background as a recording artist, filmmaker, actress, producer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, indie-record label owner, blues music educator and in the past year added skydiving to her list of skills. 

Her passion and instinct for music has always been at the heart of her pursuits and she is honored to moderate the panel on Music Supervision in Film & Television. Olga's love for filmmaking and intuitive musical abilities make her a great choice to lead this panel, having also had a hand in creating the music for her multi-award winning short STATUE, as well as producing a doublealbum and documentary on the late great blueswoman Jessie Mae Hemphill. More fun facts at her www.facebook/olgabluesbabe  page or now-a-days it seems we all "just google"!


 Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Workshop Updates
Expands its list of collaborative partners
NEW ORLEANS -  As a business accelerator event Cutting Edge provides entertainment industry education sessions and give attendees direct access to music industry veterans as well as entertainment attorneys, record label executives, filmmakers, venture capitalists, and technology entrepreneurs, "applying theory and discourse directly to practice and securing long-term mentorships"(Source: music:)ally) for its attendees.

To carry out this acceleration proposal, Cutting Edge has entered into collaborations and partnerships with business development, entertainment and technology companies and business tech incubators, such as Fort Knox Studios, and 2112: Music, Film, Technology Incubator of Chicago, Launch Pad collaborative workspace in New Orleans, Chicago/New Orleans tech organization VL Group and CIMM Fest (Chicago International Movie and Music Festival) pop-up festival project, The Broad Theater, New Orleans' newest multi-screen Cineplex and New Orleans Downtown Development District.

Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Partners & Collaborators
The Broad Theater
Launch Pad
Downtown Development District
VL Group
Fort Knox Studios
2112 Music Film Tech-Incubator
 Cutting Edge's Accelerator Initiative
Cutting Edge continues to expand its initiative by adding more partners and collaborators, more announce soon!
Cutting Edge and its partners will move Cutting Edge artists and attendees through a series of activities and skill building drills that will service to expose them to the rigors of business, test their knowledge of their chosen career direction, provide service providers for one-on-one, enhance their skills as artists, conduct solution based problem solving exercises and introduce them to music, entertainment and technology veterans who they can build long-term business relations.
The Cutting Edge Accelerator Initiative will consist of a series of activities taking place over the four days of the Cutting Edge CE Conference comprising panels, events and sessions in the Cutting Edge Business Sessions, Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar and Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Workshop.
These activities will include:
  • Films about Music Festival - 4 days of films centered around music themes, activities will include script and movie score writing clinics, and casting agents live critiquing sessions. In partnership with CIMM Fest (Chicago International Movie and Music Festival) The Broad Theater will serve as home for the festival. Look for our New Music for an Old Movie screening.
  • Songwriting and Script writing clinics
  • One-on-one with an entertainment law attorney
  • Music-tech pitch opportunities
  • CD Listening sessions and video production critique
  • Cutting Edge's "Music Hackathon," 24-hour problem solving exercise where computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers collaborate with educators and musicians to devise a technology solution to a music community challenge. Hosted at Launch Pad, the collaborative tech workspace. In partnership with the VL Group, Fort Knox Studios, 2112 Music Film Tech-Incubator, New Orleans Downtown Development District.  

CE Facts and Deadlines:

Thanks To Our Artists Showcase Venues
Little Gem Saloon
House of Blues

Howlin' Wolf
Balcony Music Club

Dragon's Den
Prime Example Jazz Club
Check Point Charlie

Louisiana Music Factory
More Venues Coming Soon! 

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New Orleans Agenda, Councilmember Latoya Cantrelle, Councilmember Nadine Ramsey, City of New Orleans Entertainment Office, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NARAS, Music Connection Magazine, Louisiana Entertainment Office, Metro Services, Liberty Bank and Trust, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Louisiana Division of the Arts' Fast Track Presenters Program, Northeast Louisiana Arts Council


Stephanie Jordan - Lady Jazz!  
Stephanie Jordan - Live Jazz Hyatt
Audix Microphones

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Stephanie Jordan on the Audix OM6 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 (Photo credit: Eric Waters).
AUDIX MICROPHONES (June 2015) - Stephanie Jordan is a powerhouse of dynamic musicality, a modern and unique voice shining through the long, storied history of jazz music. In performance as well as one-on-one she is humble but strong, gentle but full of power-a dichotomy that makes its way into her own performance, carefully crafted over many years of many audiences.

Stephanie grew up in the rich musical environment of New Orleans, in a family who played a variety of instruments-yet she describes herself as an "accidental singer," someone who wanted to sing, but didn't think she could. That changed one night on her birthday, at a club where her brother was playing. He asked her to sing a song with him, and her career was born.

Her philosophy on singing comes from many hours of listening to the radio, when radio was great-singers like Chaka Kahn, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and many R&B groups in the 70s. "When I would listen to the radio," she says, "you had to really sing to be played. Nowadays, you can go record an album and they can doctor your voice up in the studio. Back in the day, that didn't happen-people had to sing." Though she loved R&B, she was surrounded by New Orleans jazz, and jazz is what got into her blood.

She is said to be true to the jazz tradition, but she is also willing to take chances. "It doesn't have to be a 'jazz song' for me to sing it. If I can hear jazz in a song-if it's a good song, and if I can feel it in my heart-I just want to sing it."

Stephanie has forged her path steadily, with a career spanning nearly 25 years. "When you're a jazz singer, it doesn't happen overnight. I've been a lot of places, I've done a lot of singing, but I had to grow up in the music." Her configuration has evolved along with her show, starting as a duo, then a trio, then with quartets and quintets behind her. Now she has an entire ensemble-a five-piece horn section, and a quartet of piano, bass, drums, and guitar.

Now, a few years after her latest release, Yesterday When I Was Young: A Tribute To Lena Horne, she's ready to head back to the studio again, this time with original music as well as interpreting other women composers such as Joni Mitchell, Abby Lincoln, Erykah Badu, Nina Simone. "I'm examining compositions by women because I think it's important that women's voices are heard and that we tell our own story. A lot of jazz songs, which are great songs, are really written by men. And women singers have made a lot of those songs really famous-like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, some of the greatest composers of jazz, their music would have been an obscurity because the songs really aren't that hip without the interpretation of those women. But I think right now, jazz today has to be about women writing their own songs."

She speaks of unique challenges in the world of jazz music that women face today. "Jazz is a very male-dominated industry.... But women have to understand that when you're a singer, you have to get out there and just create your own way."

A way that she chooses to keep fresh and relevant, finding the balance between pleasing a jazz audience with "jazz standards," but also reaching out and cultivating a new audience, drawing younger people into the music. "That's how the music is going to stay alive. You can't just keep doing the same old stuff in the same old way and expect your audience to grow."

Stephanie has been using the Audix OM6 for her vocals since she first was introduced to the mic at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans several years ago. "The first time I used an Audix mic, I immediately noticed-'Wow, something's different. What is this microphone?!'" After talking to her sound technician, she knew she had found the mic she had been waiting for. The issues she had run into before-feedback, lack of clarity-were not a problem with the OM6. "When I have my Audix mic, the show is just effortless. It picks up everything...I don't have to push. I even love what I hear in the monitor, and that makes a big difference in how you perform. Some microphones just have to do too much to get what you want...when I'm using my Audix, I get the sound I want."

In her performances, she ranges from very controlled, quiet notes, but her voice also grows to a powerful intensity. The OM6 can handle all of it. "I like a microphone that can really switch up and do that for me, and allow me to go from zero to 100 at any moment if I want to. I love the flexibility of this mic."

"As a singer, and as a human being, I just have a whole lot to do! It keeps you moving, always a new project. You gotta keep moving."

Stephanie Jordan
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