It’s been 25 years since Eric Cager launched 1992’s Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering, a conference that brings together national music professionals and entertainment law experts with the local music community. At the time, Cager recalls local musicians and those who worked with them often sought legal and other professional assistance from bigger cities like Nashville and Austin, where the infrastructure for music business was generally more developed. That was 1992. Today, New Orleans ranks No. 1 on lists like Forbes’ tally of the fastest-growing cities since the recession and the country’s top-drawing towns for industries like tech.
Cutting Edge Music Business Conference is an annual 4-day event that draws together established and aspiring music industry professionals from around the nation and the world. Sessions cover vital phases of the business side of the music industry. In addition, and running concurrently with the conference, Cutting Edge also presents a trade show, the NewWorks Showcase & the Roots Music Gathering.
Cutting Edge conference and festival, which returns to New Orleans’ InterContinental Hotel and various venues on August 22-25, is poised to help provide information and networking opportunities for local musicians and industry pros in what’s become a fast-changing environment and economy. Here are some of the highlights to look out for at Cutting Edge:
- Instructions by industry pros
- Networking with the music experts
- One to One consultation with music professional and attorneys
- NewWorks Showcase – three nights of great live performances showcasing original works
- Instrument clinics and demonstrations