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September 21-24, 2022 • Long Beach, California

2022 CMS National Conference

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Conference Proposals: FAQ

1. How do I find or edit a proposal I have started for a CMS Conference?

Members will be happy to know that all proposals they have developed for CMS conferences are just a few clicks away! Follow these steps to view and edit your proposals:

1. Log in to the CMS home page at www.music.org
2. Choose "My Conference Proposals" from the "Member Quick Links" pulldown menu.
3. Click on the title of the proposal you wish to edit. You will now see a summary of everything you have entered so far.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the summary and click "Edit this proposal."
5. You will now be taken through your proposal again and may add to, remove, or edit what you had entered previously. If you have no changes to a particular page, simply click "Save & Continue." When you reach the final step, you will once again see your proposal summary and any changes you made will now appear.

Please note: You will not be able to edit your proposals further once the submission deadline has passed.

2. How do I know whether or not the Program Committee received my proposal?

You are able to view the status of your proposal at any time by following these steps:

1. Log in to the CMS home page at www.music.org
2. Choose "My Conference Proposals" from the "Member Quick Links" pulldown menu.
3. You will now see a list of all proposals you have developed recently for CMS conferences. To the right of the proposal title, you will see the status of your submission appear as "Submitted" or "Not Submitted."

3. Why am I having trouble entering my abstract or program notes?

This is a common issue when using Internet Explorer. It is recommended that proposers do not use Internet Explorer for proposal submission, as it is not compatible with the CMS online proposal system. Browsers such as Chrome and Firefox will produce better results. If you are using the latest versions of one of these recommended browsers and still encounter technical issues, please contact the CMS Executive Office.

4. How do I delete or withdraw a proposal I have submitted to a CMS Conference?

You are able to delete or withdraw a proposal until the submission deadline passes. To do so, simply follow these steps:

1. Log in to the CMS home page at www.music.org
2. Choose "My Conference Proposals" from the "Member Quick Links" pulldown menu.
3. Click on the title of the proposal you wish to edit. You will now see a summary of everything you have entered so far.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the summary and click "Delete this proposal" or "Edit this Proposal" (whichever is applicable).

Please note: If you wish to delete or withdraw a proposal after the submission deadline has passed, you must contact the CMS Executive Office.

5. Does it matter which submission link I click to submit a proposal?

Yes! Each call contains its own unique submission link and proposals are routed to the correct reviewers accordingly. Thus, it is very important to click the link included in the call to which you wish to submit. Submitting a proposal in response to the wrong call (e.g., submitting a poster proposal in response to the Call for Lightning Talks) may disqualify you from consideration.

6. How do I know if I submitted to the correct call?

You are able to view information regarding your proposal by following these steps:

1. Log in to the CMS home page at www.music.org
2. Choose "My Conference Proposals" from the "Member Quick Links" pulldown menu.
3. You will now see a list of all proposals you have developed recently for CMS conferences. Next to the proposal title, you will see the name of the conference and title of the call for which it was developed.

Please note: If you discover that you have submitted to the wrong call, please contact the CMS Executive Office as soon as possible. If the Program Committee has not yet begun to review proposals, your proposal can be moved into the correct "pile" on the administrative end.

7. Can I include video clips in my proposal? 

It is not possible to upload a video file with your proposal; however, if you feel that video is absolutely essential in supporting your proposal, you are encouraged to create a Dropbox account and provide a link to the file in the "Abstract" or "Program Notes" (whichever applies) field of your proposal. Dropbox allows you to share a URL while remaining anonymous.  

8. What is the size limit for audio files I wish to submit with my proposal?

The CMS online conference system will allow files up to 25 MB in size to be uploaded. Please remember that the larger the file, the longer it will take to load. Submitters are encouraged to submit smaller files whenver possible.