The Cutting Edge Music Business Conference has announced that it has secured Vans Warped Tours' Kevin Lyman and Michael Koch of Entertainment One US as keynote speakers for its 20th Annual Cutting Edge CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) from September 26 -30, 2012 at the Historic Gallier Hall and Lafayette Square in the heart of New Orleans' Downtown Development District. For the second year, the conference will also include the "nola Downtown Music and Arts Festival" as part of scheduled activities.
Kevin 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. Now entering its 19th year, the tour reaches more than 600,000 kids each summer, and has spawned a host of imitators. The "punk rock summer camp" has introduced audiences to artists such as Jane's Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Sublime, Blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Eminem and Fall Out Boy among hundreds of others. With the Vans Warped Tour, Lyman pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today.
Kevin works with sponsors like Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink, AT&T, and Ernie Ball, Mr. Lyman is also the founder of 4 fini inc., Van Warp Tours, Rockstar Energy Drink Taste of Chaos Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour, Country Throwdown, and more.
An industry consultant on many different industry events, taking on roles to manage and maintain the street level credibility company's desire. As a major music business figure overseeing many related dimensions of modern music its surrounding culture, subculture and lifestyle; Lyman's expertise ranges from Artist Management, Booking, Tour Production, to Productions Management.
Billboard Magazine, described Michael Koch as "Professional and Dynamic" a tenacious negotiator. The Austrian native moved to the United States in 1987 to represent his father's CD pressing plant; it was not long before KOCH Entertainment U.S. was born.
In 1991 KOCH Entertainment became the first national independent music distributor; in 1999 Koch Records was formed. In 2009 Koch Entertainment parent company became E1 Entertainment, Koch Entertainment and Koch Records was branded Entertainment One U. S. with Michael Koch firmly as head for both eOne Music and eOne Distribution.
Today, eOne Music is the largest independent record company in the United States. eOne Distribution is North America's leading independent music and video distribution company. With global reach the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming, merchandising and licensing.
Cutting Edge's keynotes and featured speakers represent the reality that despite the continual changes within the entertainment industry, the basics (booking, touring, marketing, and distribution) remain even more important and critical to an artist's success than ever.
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.
The 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. Panels consist of "crash courses" and "hot topic" which provide proficiency within the music and film industry.
The festival, co-produced by Eric L. Cager and Vincent Sylvain who combined have decades of experience producing music events will feature local, national, and international acts from places as far as Canada, London, and Guadeloupe featuring various genre of music. "As we approach our 20th year the Cutting Edge opens its new chapter with a new event and new collaborations. We anticipate this event, nola Downtown Music and Arts Festival to become the signature event of Downtown New Orleans, particularly for the young professionals who work and live downtown. Additionally, if New Orleans is to achieve the master plan goal of 13.7 million annual visitors by 2018, it will have to see significant growth in all segments of the travel industry, with the greatest growth potential being that of the young professionals" says Cager.
Sylvain adds, "Not since Tulane University was downtown has New Orleans' CBD had such a cultural mix of commercial, residential and artistic scenes. From the art, music and culture of the Ogden Museum, the renovations of the Saenger Theater, the Contemporary Arts Center, to the new developments of the Hospital District, the re-opening of Hyatt Regency, Roosevelt and other downtown hotels, the new trolley line and developments such as the Rouse Supermarket,
"Downtown New Orleans is the Place to Work, Live and Enjoy! That's what makes this festival a natural."
Vincent Sylvain is publisher of The New Orleans Agenda.com, the leading local alternative for information on News, Arts, Culture & Entertainment in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region. He may be reached via email at Vincent@SylvainSolutions.com.
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