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September 21-24, 2022 • Long Beach, California

2022 CMS National Conference


Our Mission

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

Advertising and Communications FAQs

I have a service, event, or product I think would be of interest to colleges, conservatories, and universities, as well as their music faculy and students.  Can CMS help?

Yes! CMS can help with distribution to targeted populations of information about your items and events, both through direct mail and electronic distribution.  CMS provides a variety of advertising and communications options for those with information of importance to the music and higher education community.


Does CMS sell its membership list?

No.  Never.


Well then, what advertising and dissemination options are available?

CMS maintains up-to-date databases concerning the field of music, the music and higher education community, and music institutions and faculty.  CMS makes communication with institutions, faculty, and students possible in a variety of ways.  These include:

Can CMS give me an idea of some of the above options?  For example, how much are mailing labels for direct mail purposes?

$190.00 per thousand (pro-rated) for laser or electronic. A shipping fee is charged for laser labels.


What is the minimum order for labels?

$190.00 for either electronic labels and laser-printed labels.


Can we use the labels we purchase more than once?

No, it is a one-time use agreement.


What lists can I send to and how many people are on them?

CMS enables the sending of information to highly targeted audiences. Lists and their counts will be found here


Is there an extra fee for merge/purging of lists?



What is the turn-around time for ordering labels?

Usually one business day.


How do you ship labels?

USPS Priority Mail


Can I send notices to e-mail addresses?

Yes! CMS Professional E-Notices service is quick and efficient. CMS does not release e-mail addresses but offers a service whereby your information of professional interest is sent via e-mail to targeted persons in the CMS database who wish to receive it.


How much are e-notices?

Pricing can be found here.


What lists can I send to and how many people are on them?

CMS enables the sending of information to highly targeted audiences. For example, we don't trouble flute players with materials only of interest to pianists. Lists and their counts will be found here.


What is the turn-around time for e-notices? It must be weeks!

CMS services are quick and efficient. Contact CMS at least three days before you would like your e-notice distributed.


Hm. This is complicated!  What's the best way to proceed?

Get in touch with CMS.  Call CMS at 406-721-9616 or send email to [email protected]. Discuss your project with us and together we will explore options for disseminating your information, tayloring the use of CMS systems to support your goals in the most effective manner possible.