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 1,000 artists filling more than 80 of the city’s greatest music venues. Attendees have access to 1,400+ 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 2014 take place?

CMJ Music Marathon will be held October 21 - 25, 2014.

Whereabouts in New York City is the Marathon held?

CMJ Marathon showcases are held in over 80 venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our daytime programming is headquartered at NYU’s campus in Greenwich Village. While locations will vary from year to year, here's the list of CMJ 2013's venues to give you an idea.

How long has CMJ Music Marathon been around?

2014 marks the 34th 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 and hanging out

How do I buy a badge?

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?

Sonicbids is the official submission platform for CMJ. However, we are no longer accepting submissions for 2014. Please check back for the latest artist announcements.

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, career counseling sessions, 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 are Career Counseling Sessions?

Registrants can sign up for one-on-one sessions with professionals working across the music industry (and beyond) to gain insight and advice on thriving in the biz. Check your Festival Guide or the online schedule as the next Marathon approaches for further details.

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

How do I apply for press or photo credentials?

You can apply for press or photo credentials here: http://bit.ly/CMJPressApp2014

What is the deadline to apply for press credentials? When will I know if I have been accepted?

The deadline for press credential applications is October 10, 2014.

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.