About CMJ

What is CMJ Music Marathon?

CMJ Music Marathon is one of the world’s most important platforms for the discovery of new music. Every fall, CMJ invades New York City with over 1,400 artists filling more than 80 of the city’s greatest music venues. Attendees have access to all artist performances, plus hundreds of panels, seminars, and special events. Over 120,000 fans, entertainment industry professionals, college radio programmers, press members and musicians come from around the world to join us for the Marathon madness.

When will CMJ Music Marathon 2015 take place?

CMJ Music Marathon will be held October 13 - 17, 2015.

Whereabouts in New York City is the Marathon held?

CMJ Marathon showcases are held in over 80 venues throughout lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our daytime programming is headquartered at NYU’s campus in Greenwich Village.

How long has CMJ Music Marathon been around?

2015 marks the 35th year of Music Marathon. For more info on the Marathon’s history, head here.

What does CMJ stand for?

In the past “CMJ” has stood for “College Music Journal” and “College Media Journal.” However, today we’re known only as CMJ.

Registering For CMJ

What will my CMJ badge get me?

CMJ registrants with full general or student badges have access to all official CMJ showcases, all daytime conference activities, plus a CMJ registration gift bag and a CMJ Festival Guide. Access to all events is based on venue capacity on a first come, first serve basis regardless of badge type, affiliation, or how much you love the act. If there’s something you absolutely want to see, we recommend getting to the venue early.

How do I buy a badge?

Head here to register for your CMJ badge.

Are there day passes?

At this time, we do not offer day passes for the festival or the conference. If you would like to purchase access to individual shows, please contact the venue about ticketing.

Attending CMJ Showcases

Are tickets to individual showcases available for purchase?

This varies by event. Please contact the venue hosting the show in question for full ticketing information.

Do festival badges guarantee entrance to all shows, panels, parties, special events, etc?

Admission to all CMJ events is based on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to venue capacities and policies. If there’s something you’re really dying to see, get there early to stake your claim.

Can I get into clubs if I’m under 21?

We know it can be a buzzkill, but individual club policies remain in full effect during CMJ. In other words, if a club is usually 21 and over, it will remain so during CMJ. The best way to find out is to call the club directly and inquire about their age policy.

Do you have a list of all the bands playing, as well as set times?

We will start announcing the line-up in late summer of 2015. Once announced, the participating artists and schedule can be found on CMJ.com/marathon as soon as all the details are available. All showcase updates will be posted on our site as soon as they are confirmed. The site will be updated frequently prior to and throughout the event, so stay tuned! Please note that the schedule and lineup are subject to change for a variety of reasons – we’ll do our best to keep you in the loop.

Is there transportation to get me from club to club?

You’ve got a few options here: taxi, NYC public transit, Citi Bike, and your feet, among them. Check out our Travel page for more information about getting around.

Are venues accessible to attendees with special needs?

CMJ is especially committed to accommodating the special needs of all attendees. Both CMJ registration hall and conference center are handicap-accessible. Unfortunately, some venues are better equipped than others. Please call the club directly and inquire about their facilities.

Contacting CMJ

I have a suggestion for CMJ Marathon, whom should I contact?

We’d love to hear from you! Take a look at our Contact Us page to find out how to get a hold of the appropriate department at CMJ. Please keep in mind that while every message is read, due to the sheer volume of communications we receive we might not be able to get back to you personally. We do our best to respond to all inquiries and suggestions.

Where do I find information on showcasing my products or services?

We’d love for you to get involved, and we offer countless opportunities for your company or organization to showcase its products, services and artists to our thousands of CMJ attendees. Custom and discount packages are available. For more information on working with us, email marketing@cmj.com.

Playing CMJ

How do I apply to play at CMJ?

Applications for artists are through Sonicbids, the official submission platform for CMJ 2015.

Did my band make the cut? Have you reviewed my application yet? Have I been accepted?

Every artist that submits via Sonicbids will be carefully reviewed. Please check our Sonicbids application page for information on deadlines and updates as to when you should expect to hear back from CMJ.

How do I set up a label showcase?

The first step is to submit the artists who are available/interested. Then contact the Showcase Department at showcase[at]cmj.com indicating your interest in having a showcase and listing which artists we’re talking about.

Did my band make the cut? Have you reviewed my application yet? Have I been accepted?

We know, the wait can be unbearable, but rest assured that every artist that submits via Sonicbids will be carefully reviewed. Please check our Sonicbids application page for information on deadlines and updates as to when you should expect to hear back from CMJ. You will receive word from us regardless of the outcome of your application, but please keep in mind that carefully reviewing each and every submission takes time. Keep an eye out for a notification to the email address you used to submit.

Attending CMJ Conference Events

Where do panels and all other conference events take place?

Panels, seminars, and all other conference events take place at the Kimmel Center at New York University’s Greenwich Village campus, located right on Washington Square Park South.

What is College Day?

College Day is an all-day seminar, specially programmed for college radio personnel. College Day features thought-provoking panels, artist performances and the annual College Radio Awards. For more info, take a look here.

What does CLE stand for?

CLE stands for Continuing Legal Education. A special subset of CMJ’s daytime programming, CLE panels explore the nitty-gritty legalese and music business basics of these unpredictable times. Panels are open to lawyers, members of the industry, artists, and all CMJ badgeholders. Find more info here.

How can I submit a panel idea? How can I submit myself or someone else as a panelist/moderator?

If you’d like to submit a panel idea or recommend a panelist/moderator, please send us an inquiry here.

Applying For Press Credentials

What access will I have with press credentials? Can I go backstage?

Press passes are the same as full registrant Marathon badges, with additional access to press-exclusive events and the CMJ Artist & Press Lounge. Press passes will not grant you access backstage or other private areas unless you have already arranged this in advance with the individual artist and/or venue. We do recommend that you come to events early, as entrance is not guaranteed and will depend on the capacity of the venue.

What access will I have with a photo pass?

If you apply for a photo pass with your press pass, the pass will allow you to photograph CMJ events. We urge all members of the media looking to photograph any events to check with that specific venue in advance for any restrictions.

Do press members get a +1 guest for the event?

No. Only members of the media, reporting on the event, will be given press passes.

Where do I pick up my press badge?

Press credentials can be picked up at the press desk at Registration at The Judson Memorial Church, located at 55 Washington Square South between Thompson and Sullivan Streets. Wheelchair access entrance is at 243 Thompson Street. Check back for details on registration hours.