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Our top picks for CMJ, NYC this week!

The 34th annual installment of the CMJ Music Marathon kicks off in New York City today. Over the course of five days (Oct 21st – 25th) venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn will host a 1000+ live performances, along with speaker panels and networking events giving industry newbies a chance to connect and share ideas with brands, managers, influencers, college radio DJs, agents, publicists and entertainment lawyers. 

The festival’s multi-genre musical offering has made it a world-renowned discovery platform. Showcases curated by tastemakers give the fastest rising talent the opportunity to show their swagger leading into the New Year. Yes, CMJ is like the pre-breakthrough to SXSW primarily geared towards the indie band scene, but electronic music’s ascent has resulted in it finding a place in the festival’s program. Notable electronic acts like Flume, Ryan Hemsworth, Cashmere Cat and more have performed here in the past. 

From showcases at hipster bars to suave nightclubs to industry panels in NYU classrooms, we tracked down the best of what’s happening this week! 

October 21st, Tuesday

Venue: NYU Kimmel Ctr, Room 914 (Silver Board Room)
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Speakers Sean Glass, owner of Win Music and Blake Foster, Director Of Marketing at Atlantic / Big Beat Records shed light on the exploding genre’s market trajectory. How do EDM artist’s break and what marketing techniques help them to stay relevant?

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HD Radio / BMI Showcase
Venue: The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
Time: 7:00 PM – 12:30 AM
The five acts include alt-pop purveyor VÉRITÉ, rock & roll purists The Wans, genre-bending Atarah Valentine, electronic pop project Thief, melody architects Dreamshow and indie-pop infusers Charly Bliss.

Tickets: Available here 

October 22nd, Wednesday

AM ONLY CMJ Showcase
Venue: Output, Brooklyn
Time: 10:00 PM
Performances by: Ben Pearce, Lxury, Saint Pepsi, Tokimonsta and Spazzkid 

Tickets: Available here

October 23rd, Thursday

Multi-Channel Networks: Monetizing YouTube
Venue: NYU Kimmel Ctr. Room 905 / 907
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
With video streaming services like YouTube dominating the music video market, how does one make music not only a useful promotional tool, but also a profitable one?

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Feel Up Records CMJ Showcase
Venue: Verboten (in Caberet Room) Brooklyn
Time: 10:00 PM
DJs: Jillionaire, Nick Hook, Richie Beretta, Boy/Friend, Teleseen, Clementine & The Galaxy

Tickets: Available here. *Free for 1st 100 badge holders before midnight.

RAC CMJ Showcase w/ support from The Knocks & SPEAK
Venue: Terminal 5
Time: 7:00 PM

Tickets: Available here

October 24th, Friday

Festival Culture: Is it Still About The Music?
Venue: NYU Kimmel Ctr. Room 905 /907
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
An expert panelist discusses the festival boom and the future sustainability of the market. Panel includes Anna Kopaniarz, Chad Isaaq, Elad Sonego, Jordan Wolowitz and Natasha Haddad

Tickets: For badgeholders only. 

PopGun CMJ Party
Venue: Glasslands, Brooklyn
Time: 11:30 PM
Performances by: AUTOGRAF, Hotel Garuda and Belanger

Tickets: Available here

Theo Parrish & Carlos Mena
Venue: Output
Time: 10:00 PM

Tickets: Available here

October 25th, Saturday

Windish Agency CMJ Showcase
Venue: Brooklyn Bowl
Time: 6:00 PM
Performances by: DJ Dodger Stadium (Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL), Blue Hawaii, Team Spirit and Adult Jazz

Tickets: Available here

Venue: Verboten
Time: 10:00 PM
DJs: Matthew Dear, Roman Flügel, Daniel Avery

Tickets: Available here. *Free for 1st 100 badge holders before midnight.