CLE Track

The revolution hitting the music industry challenges all bluegrass professionals with how to make a living while the financial and legal structures around us are constantly changing.  For our third year of CLE (Continuing Legal Education), the attorney volunteers on the CLE Committee deliver a program of insights into funding your bluegrass career, managing live broadcasting issues, staying current with Blockchain, and running social media contests - all presented by national legal experts in language that does not require you to be a lawyer. Our legal experts help you identify ways to map a successful path through this evolving landscape.


To participate in the CLE Track, register for the IBMA Business Conference. Business Conference registration includes all CLE Track events along with all other conference events, including the Bluegrass Ramble. Tickets for the Awards Show Thursday night and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday can be purchased separately.

Special First-Time Attendee Discount Available for the Business Conference!


CLE seminars are held Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27.
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CLE​ Seminars 2017 will include these topics:



Entertainment law bloggers David Oxenford and Coe Ramsey will identify the legal obligations that must be addressed when broadcasting live performances on the internet or other media;


Kevin Lee will discuss Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin. Major music industry players like Spotify have adopted Blockchain for their operations, but what does it mean for the individual artist?


Beni Jones will review the new rules for crowdfunding campaigns. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and PledgeMusic have used donation- and rewards-based platforms for years. But now, instead of just offering a hearty “thanks” to your supporters, you can offer them a chance to actually make a profit when you make it big.  Learn how this new type of investment crowdfunding works and how it can impact the music industry. 

  Julia Archer will guide you through the rules on how you can operate sweepstakes and contests in social media, and the issues associated with the use of event tickets as prizes. She will identify strategies to avoid common pitfalls. 

Speaker Bios

Beni Jones

Beni Jones is a partner with the Raleigh law firm, Ward & Smith, where she focuses on crowdfunding and fin-tech financings. Ms. Jones played a critical role in the passage of North Carolina’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption and is an adjunct professor at Campbell Law School.

Kevin Lee

Professor Kevin Lee of Campbell Law School teaches legal technology and writes about how information is changing the basic understanding of the nature of law. He is co-founder of the North Carolina Legal Hackers, and works with startups in North Carolina’s world-renowned Research Triangle region.

Julia Archer

Julia Archer is a partner at Enns & Archer LLP in Winston-Salem, NC, where she regularly counsels a variety of brand owners on issues related to trademark clearance and prosecution, advertising, and sweepstakes and promotions.  

David Oxenford

David Oxenford is the author of the Broadcast Law Blog. David is a partner at the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, in its DC office. His regulatory expertise includes all areas of broadcast law, including appearing regularly before the Federal Communications Commission.

Coe W. Ramsey

Coe Ramsey is a partner at the Raleigh law firm, Brooks Pierce, and an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he teaches Entertainment Law;

Ronald Raxter, Moderator

Ron Raxter recently retired after practicing law for almost 40 years.  His practice included advising non-profit arts organizations.  He was a founder of two non-profit arts organizations, the Apple Chill Cloggers and PineCone - the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PineCone, the Education Committee of the International Bluegrass Music Association and Raleigh’s Local Organizing Committee for the World of Bluegrass.  He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Bluegrass and facilitated the 2016 Southeast Retreat for Leadership Bluegrass. He also plays bass in several Raleigh string bands.