From October 20-24th of this year the CMJ college radio conference and music marathon will take over New York for 5 days of new music and college radio students conferences.
The music marathon also includes many conferences for student radio DJs about issues that effect students on radio such as FCC regulations, how to relate to the audience etc. The conference and music marathon itself is run by the “College Music Journal,” and has been in existence since 1980. The showcases are considered a good place for the industry to find new up and coming acts and for college radio DJs to discover some new bands to play on their stations. There is also a special CMJ Music Marathon College day where honors for best station of the year, music director of the year and awards involving community outreach are given out.
A film festival also parallels the music festival and plays host to many film makers who want audience feedback as well as to communicate with the crowd. The film section of the marathon is famous for its advance screenings, past advance showings of Pulp Fiction and Boogie Nights previewed at the marathon, as well as other films by international filmmakers.
This year’s CMJ music marathon’s bands highlights include Japandroids—noise rock, the xx—sweet indie pop and Midnight juggernauts–electronica, to name a few. One thing is for certain though, for those five days, New York City will be overrun with college radio DJ’s and music enthusiasts alike to see what’s best in new music.
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