Kicking off this week throughout New York City, the CMJ Music Marathon is celebrating its 35th year as the premier showcase of new music and of college radio. This year’s CMJ Marathon is happening Oct. 13-17, headquartered at Dream Downtown (355 West 16th between 8th and 9th near Chelsea).
The Marathon will feature numerous panels and discussions on important subjects. New this year is CMJ’s Inaugural Technology Day on Tuesday, focusing on the latest in music technology. Wednesday is College Day, where the Marathon celebrates the college radio contingency. Aside from a presentation of the CMJ College Radio Awards, panels this day will include short presentations on programming styles and stories from college radio. Thursday’s programming focus will turn to the international scene, discussing artists breaking into the U.S. market.
Friday will feature the NYSBA’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar, focusing on “The Currency of Music.” Geared toward professionals working in media law, the seminar is accredited for continuing education credits.
For a full listing of all of the conference presentations throughout the week, check out the interactive lineup.
While much of the daytime programming of the CMJ Music Marathon focuses on the business and matters of the music industry, the Marathon unleashes new and up-and-coming acts (and sometimes more established acts) throughout the city. With literally hundreds of these showcases at venues throughout the city, it is often difficult to pick-and-choose the course of the evenings throughout the week. For a full lineup of the artists and venues taking part in the showcases, check out the listing here.
For those visiting NYC for the first time (and fearful of getting lost on the streets at 1 a.m.) and those familiar with NYC alike, the CMJ Music Marathon organizers have released an app available on both Andriod and iPhone with features to help navigate the schedule of the conference and venues where showcases are taking place.
All events during the CMJ Music Marathon are only accessible with a badge, although tickets for some performances can be purchased through those venues. Three options for badges include the CMJ General Badge, CMJ Student Badge (same as the general badge at a discount), and the CMJ Show Pass, which is valid only for the five nights of showcases (no access to the daytime conference). Badges for the CMJ Music Marathon are still available. Admission to showcases is first-come, first-serve based on capacity. Check out the FAQ page for more information on some of the odds and ends of the conference.