CMJ offers chance for aspiring artists
In an age where instant fame stands in lieu of sweaty perseverance, laptops replace concert seats and free live music is a mouse click away, The College Music Journal breathes fresh air on the face of the 21st century music industry.
For five long endorphin-stimulating sunrises and sunsets the College Music Journal will host its 32nd music marathon in New York City from Oct. 16th to Oct. 20.
From Brooklyn to Manhattan, over 1300 musicians will take the stage at over 80 different venues and dance clubs, offering one of the biggest podiums for artists and bands to display their talent.
Extending from musical parameters of experimental art noise, stripped down spartan punk, big brassy jazz and everything in between.The CMJ music festival shows the Big Apple how live music should sound. This is the exact festival that lit the flame under U2 and Lady Gaga’s careers. This year’s headliners include Kimbra, The Mountain Goats, The Walkmen and a myriad of prospective stars on the rise.
Aloft all the fame and glamour, CMJ proves there is still a heart left in the music business. Demonstrating it isn’t just about money, fame or popularity. It’s about respecting the soul of music, and doing what musicians love. And beyond all, it’s a monumental pillar to the aficionados’ of live music.
Not only is the marathon a luminous glimpse of talent from around the world, it also includes a professional haven for aspiring media, music management and advertisement. Offering college students day-long seminars, panels, Q & A’s and the chance to work with experienced mentors offering advice on how to break into the music business.
The CMJ headquarters, located at the NYU campus in Green which Village, offers a variety of admission options. Full admission badges offer access to venue’s, mixers, meet and greets, special events and aforementioned career advice, while show badges allow access to just the concert portion of the marathon. They’ve also included a college discount. Check out the official CMJ website for more information about badges and a detailed schedule of events.
For attending badge holders, it is highly recommended to arrive early to each specific event, as admittance is offered on a first come first serve basis.
Benjamin Rader can be reached at benjamin.rader@ student.shu.edu.