2019 CMS-NAMM GenNext

The NAMM Show
January 24-27, 2019
Anaheim, California

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.

Call for Presentations

The College Music Society (CMS) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) will hold the GenNext program in conjunction with the 2019 NAMM Show, January 24-27, 2019, in Anaheim, California.

As a component of the annual NAMM Show, GenNext is an educational program for college, conservatory, and university music students and faculty that provides an introduction to the NAMM Show and the music industry. The NAMM Show includes over 1,500 global music products and materials exhibitors. For music students and academic faculty, GenNext

  • provides exposure to careers and employment opportunities in music and the music products industry
  • examines issues of current importance to the music products industry and education community
  • nurtures future creators, innovators, and business leaders in music, music products, and creative industries

Participation in GenNext 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 Program Committee solicits the broadest representation of the NAMM 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. 2018 GenNext presentations are available to view here.

Generally, demonstrations are limited to 25 minutes, and workshops, forums, and panels to 55 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 work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for and to attend the NAMM Show.

  • Proposers must be willing to present on either Thursday, January 24, or Friday, January 25, 2019, should their proposal be accepted.

  • Neither The College Music Society nor NAMM provide travel expenses for accepted presenters, though students are encouraged to apply for the NAMM President's Innovation Award (Application deadline: September 30).

  • 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. A list of required audio-visual equipment requirements.


Proposals are welcome and encouraged by the deadline of September 17, 2018.

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.)


Courtney Blankenship (Western Illinois University) 

Tonya Butler (Berklee College of Music) 

Keith Mason (Belmont University) 

Chris Sampson (University of Southern California) 

Reynaldo Sanchez (University of Miami ) 

Richard Sussman (Manhattan School of Music)

Grace Zhao (University of La Verne)