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Tour:Smart's author Martin Atkins to offer keynote at Cutting Edge CE music business conference in New Orleans
(Published: July 21, 2011)

The Cutting Edge Music Business Conference has announced that Martin Atkins will deliver the keynote address during its annual music business conference in New Orleans. Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors. His three decades in the music business spans across genres, borders and industries. Having experience in nearly every aspect of record production and promotion has given Martin a unique perspective not only on where the music industry is currently, but where it is going in the future.

The 19th Annual Cutting Edge CE (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering); Cutting Edge Film and Interactive Media Workshop, and Roots Music Gathering will be held September 21 -24, 2011 at the Pan American Conference Center/ InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cutting Edge C.E. brings together established and aspiring entertainment professionals; it is as much about bringing people in the entertainment business together as it is about the business of entertainment.

After playing drums in a variety of English bands, Martin auditioned for and subsequently joined Johnny Rotten's Public Image Limited in 1979. His first contribution to the band was co‐writing and performing on the song "Bad Baby" for the revered Metal Box LP. After touring the world with P.i.L and contributing to several more studio albums Martin left the group in 1985. Over the next five years, he played with and managed Killing Joke and toured with Ministry. In 1990, while on tour with Ministry, he formed his own band, Pigface. He also worked with Nine Inch Nails, performing on the Grammy award winning "Wish" and appearing in the "Head like a Hole" video.
Martin began working on the business side of music in 1988 when he formed Invisible Records and then Mattress Factory Studios in 1996. Over two decades Invisible has released over 350 albums and has had placements spanning from the original Miami Vice to Showtime's Queer as Folk to Robert Altman's The Company. Atkins wrote his book Tour:Smart in 2007 and has since spoken around the world at major industry conferences, recognized universities, and nonprofit organizations. His distinguished speaking resume includes: SXSW, Warped Tour, CMJ, New Music Seminar, Unconvention, NAMM, By:Larm, Dfest, USC, Drexel, Virginia Commonwealth University, Full Sail, Weiden + Kennedy, Chicago Cultural Center and many more.

Atkins currently teaches at Madison Media Institute leading courses on Touring, Advanced Entrepreneurship, Artist and Event Management, and Online Marketing. When he's not teaching, you can find him on the road, consulting with artists and organizations, or working on his next book, Band:Smart.

He is a father of four boys and lives with his wife, Katrina, in Chicago.

Cutting Edge was started in 1993 as a conference dedicated to educating musicians and music professionals about the latest trends in the music industry. Since its inception, it has evolved into entertainment workshops covering legal issues, filmmaking, interactive applications and media business education.

The annual event draws together established and aspiring music industry professionals from around the nation and the world. Sessions cover vital phases of the business end 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 showcasing more than 100 acts. This year, for the first time the "nola Downtown Music and Arts Festival" will be a part of this year's conference.

The nola Downtown Music and Arts Festival (http://cuttingedgenola.co...) will take place September 22 - 24, 2011 in Lafayette Square and locations throughout Downtown New Orleans while the conference which runs from September 21 - 24 is being held at the Pan American Conference and Media Center.

Registration details are available on www.cuttingedgenola.com.

More Information: http://cuttingedgenola.com/

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