Believe in Music Week
January 21-22, 2021

Call for Presentations

GenNext is a collaboration between The College Music Society and NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants) that provides opportunities for college, conservatory, and university music faculty and students to  learn about the nearly $100 billion music industry and to network with industry leaders.

The College Music Society (CMS) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) will hold the 2021 GenNext program online as part of NAMM’s “Believe in Music Week,” January 20-22, 2021. (The 2020 NAMM Show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

As a component of NAMM's "Believe in Music Week,” GenNext is an educational program for college, conservatory, and university music students and faculty that provides an introduction to the music industry. For music students and academic faculty, GenNext offers the following opportunities:

  • exposure to careers and employment opportunities in music and the music products industry,
  • discussions of current issues of the music products industry and education community, and
  • development of future creators, innovators, and business leaders in music, music products, and other creative industries.

Participation in the GenNext program is open to members of NAMM, members of The College Music Society, and students currently enrolled in college-/university-level music programs. 

The CMS-NAMM Program Committee welcomes proposals for presentations relating to the preparation of today's college, conservatory, and university students for work in the music industry. The Committee solicits the broadest representation of the CMS membership and its interests, and welcomes proposals from the music products industry and independent musicians, scholars, practitioners, and proprietors. Proposals are especially welcome that relate to career opportunities and trajectories. The CMS-NAMM Program Committee includes CMS members with expertise in the music industry, and is chaired by Kim Wangler, CMS Board Member for Music Industry Studies. Past acceptance rates for this competitive call have averaged approximately 50%.

Demonstrations are limited to 25 minutes.  Interactive workshops, forums, and panels are limited to 50 minutes.

Due to time constraints, panels must include no more than 5 persons, including the moderator.


  • Proposers must communicate with all co-presenters and/or panelists regarding their interest and availability prior to submitting a proposal.
  • All persons whose works are selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for and attend NAMM's "Believe in Music Week".
  • Proposers must be willing to present on either Thursday, January 21, or Friday, January 22, 2021, should their proposals be accepted. Presentations must be compatible with the Zoom platform. 
  • Electronic submissions are required (see below). Hard copy or emailed proposals will not be accepted. 
  • A complete proposal will include the following:
    1. The proposal title, format, and area of specialty.
    2. A description of the proposed event: demonstration, workshop, forum, or panel.
    3. A list of all personnel involved in the presentation. Panelists must be named in the final section of the submission process.
    4. Indication of preference for live or pre-recorded presentation. Pre-recorded presentations will be due by November 30, formatted as MP4 files. All presenters, regardless of presentation format, must be available for Q&A during their scheduled GenNext time.


Proposals are welcome and encouraged by the deadline of November 2, 2020

The College Music Society's submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please click the ‘Submit’ button below. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don't already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)