2022 CMS-NAMM GenNext

NAMM Foundation-CMS GenNext
“Believe in Music” (virtual), January 20-21, 2022
The NAMM Show (Anaheim, California), June 3-5, 2022

Call for Presentations

GenNext is a collaboration between CMS (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 $100 billion music industry and to network with industry leaders..

CMS and NAMM will hold the GenNext program in conjunction with NAMM’s “Believe in Music,” a two-day virtual gathering on January 20-21, 2022, and The 2022 NAMM Show (in person) on June 3-5, in Anaheim, California. (Please note that this is a rescheduling of GenNext.)

The NAMM Show includes over 1,500 global music products and materials exhibitors. For music students and academic faculty, GenNext offers the following opportunities:

  • exposure to internships and careers in music and the music products and events industry
  • discussions of current issues of the music industry and education community
  • 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 higher education music programs. 

The CMS-NAMM Program Committee welcomes proposals for presentations relating to the preparation of today's 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 address students regarding career opportunities and trajectories in the industry. Additionally, proposals that focus on faculty and curricular development related to music industry studies will be considered. In keeping with CMS’s focus on leading change, preference will also be given to proposals that address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and the music industry, and how the industry and the academy can re-imagine music instruction while living and learning in a hybrid world. GenNext program information is provided on the CMS website. 

Generally, individual presentations are limited to 25 minutes; 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.
  • Proposers will have the opportunity to express preference for presentation during either “Believe in Music” (virtual) or The NAMM Show (in-person). 
  • Proposals for “Believe in Music”
    • All persons whose works are selected for inclusion on the Believe in Music program are expected to be present online during their assigned time for presentation. Presenters will be able to present either live or via pre-recording (assisted by NAMM staff), but Q&A will be live for all presenters.
    • Proposers must be willing to present on either Thursday, January 20, or Friday, January 21, 2022, should their proposals be accepted for Believe in Music. 
    • Sessions for Believe in Music may be pre-recorded or live, but presenters (including panelists) must be present online during scheduled sessions to engage in live Q&A with attendees. NAMM staff may be available to provide technical assistance preparing pre-recorded presentations. 
  • Proposals for The NAMM Show
    • All persons whose works are selected for inclusion on the NAMM Show program are expected to register for and attend the NAMM Show.
    • Proposers must be willing to present in-person on either Friday, June 3, or Saturday, June 4, 2022, should their proposals be accepted for the NAMM Show. 
    • 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: January 7, 2022).
  • Electronic submissions are required (see below). Hard copy or emailed proposals will not be accepted. 
  • A complete proposal will include the following:
    • The proposal title, format, and area of specialty.
    • Preference for presenting at “Believe in Music” or The NAMM Show.
    • A description of the proposed event: demonstration, workshop, forum, or panel.
    • A description of how the proposal meets topical criteria of the call. 
    • A description of how the proposal addresses issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and living and learning in a hybrid world.
    • A list of all personnel involved in the presentation. Panelists must be named in the final section of the submission process.
    • A list of required audio-visual equipment requirements.
    • A description of how you will engage an online audience (if applying for the Believe in Music virtual conference). Examples might include use of breakout rooms, audio and video examples, polling, etc. 

Proposals for “Believe in Music” and The NAMM Show are welcome and encouraged by the deadline of November 2, 2021. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 9, 2021, and confirmation of participation will be required by November 16, 2021. 

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.)