The annual Cutting Edge C.E. runs Sept. 21-24 in New Orleans.

The conference includes workshops covering entertainment legal issues, filmmaking, interactive applications, media business education, a trade show, roots music gathering, instrument clinics and showcase performances.

Workshops and seminars take place at the InterContinental Hotel’s Pan American Conference and Media Center, 601 Poydras St. Performances will be at various New Orleans venues.

This year’s panelists include Martin Atkins, author of Tour Smart, former member of Public Image Ltd. and Killing Joke and a record company and recording studio owner; Bud Tower, a singer-songwriter whose music has been recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr.; and Rico Brooks, former manager of rapper Yung Joc and president of Block Entertainment.

For information about registration, cost and more, call (504) 945-1800.

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