Cutting Edge Music Business Conference in New Orleans
The Cutting Edge CE is extremely pleased to announce its new partnership with ReverbNation which allows the music portal's 2.25 million members to now receive information about showcase opportunities for the 20th Annual Cutting Edge CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) scheduled to be held at the Historic Gallier Hall and Lafayette Square in the heart of New Orleans' Downtown Development District from September 26 -30, 2012. For the second year, the conference will also include the "nola Downtown Music and Arts Festival" as part of scheduled activities.
Under the arrangement, Cutting Edge has reserved 75 performance slots for ReverbNation artists/bands that submit their RPK, for those selected application fees are waived for its members through ReverbNation's social shout system.
ReverbNation provides artists, managers, labels, venues, festivals/event/tour promoters and other music industry professionals with powerful, easy-to-use technology to promote and prosper online. Their wide array of distribution and promotional solutions provide the hands-on tools and actionable insights that allow them to reach their goals in an increasingly complex music industry. The company operates worldwide with customers on every continent. Over 30 million visitors come to ReverbNation.com every month.
Non-ReverbNation Artists can also apply directly to showcase via: http://www.cuttingedgenola.com/register (select NewWorks Artist showcase). Each selected band member receives a free registration for performing. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2012.
The Conference has also announced that it has secured Vans Warped Tours' Kevin Lyman and Michael Koch of Entertainment One US as keynote speakers. Mr. Lyman is best known as the producer and creator of the hugely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music and extreme sports festival in the world today while Koch's eOne Music is the largest independent record company in the United States.
A project of the New Orleans based nonprofit Music Business Institute, Cutting Edge brings together music industry personnel from across the country; including ASCAP, the largest U.S. Performing Rights Organization, representing more than 410, 000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music; and BMI, the entity responsible for collecting license fees on behalf of more than 475, 000 songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.
Started in 1993 as a conference dedicated to educating musicians and music professionals about the latest trends in the music industry, it has evolved into entertainment workshops; the areas of interest covered are the Cutting Edge Business Sessions, Cutting Edge Entertainment Law Seminar, and Cutting Edge Film Workshop. The sessions also includes the NewWorks Showcase for new and emerging artists seeking special exposure to record executives, booking agents, managers and the media.
Just outside Gallier Hall, the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival will be the epicenter of activities in Lafayette Square. The festival will comprise of the following:
• Popular music acts from the national and local music scene
• NOLA Downtown Artists Market & Vendor Fair
• Energy/Green efficient lifestyle products demonstration
• Music Business Opportunity Expo
• Film Festival featuring classics from the silent film era
• Vintage Vehicle Car Show
Last year's free festival co-produced by Eric L. Cager and Vincent Sylvain featured local, national, and international acts from places as far as Canada, London, and Guadeloupe; including showcase performances from the Stephanie Jordan Big Band (Jazz Standards); Batiste NOW (Funk); Brass-A-Holics "Gogo Brass Funk" Band; Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band (Zyedeco); Grand Baton (Creole Rock); Frankie Ford & Friends (Indie Rock); One Vision One Voice (School Funk); Gospel Soul Children (Gospel); Rebel Society (Latin Rock); Austin Urban Rhythm and Blues Revue; Fire Bug (Indie Rock); Black Market Butchers (Rock); Tanya Boutte (Jazz/R&B); Marlon Jordan (Jazz); LaTosha Brown (Gospel/SOUL), and Davis "The Real DJ Davis" Rogan (New Orleans Jazz Funk) whom HBO writer producer David Simon based a character on for the HBO Treme series among others.
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