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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 The 2023 NAMM Show, April 13-15, in Anaheim, California.

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 careers and employment opportunities 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 Foundation 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 the following:

  • students regarding career opportunities and trajectories in the industry;
  • faculty and curricular development related to music industry studies and music technology in the classroom, which will be considered in keeping with CMS’s focus on leading change;
  • 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; and
  • faculty using guitar, bass, or ukulele in the classroom.

Additional GenNext program information is provided on The NAMM Foundation website.

Generally, individual presentations are limited to 25 minutes; workshops, forums, and panels are limited to 50 minutes. Exceptions may be made and more time may be given for sessions that require more time to provide a comprehensive experience.

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.

Proposal guidelines:

  • 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 in The NAMM Show program are expected to register for and attend The NAMM Show.
  • Presenters are encouraged to bring their students to the Show.
  • Proposers must be willing to present in person on Thursday, April 13, Friday, April 14, or Saturday, April 15, 2023, should their proposals be accepted for The NAMM Show.
  • Neither The College Music Society nor NAMM Foundation provides travel expenses for accepted presenters, though students are encouraged to apply for the NAMM President's Innovation Award (Application deadline: January 27, 2023). College faculty members may apply for funding through The NAMM Foundation-College Music Society Faculty Fellows program, which provides a $500 stipend for accepted college music faculty to attend The NAMM Show. (Application deadline: January 27, 2023).
  • 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 50-75 word description of the session.
  4. A description of how the proposal meets topical criteria of the call.
  5. A description of how the proposal addresses issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and living and learning in a hybrid world.
  6. A list of all personnel involved in the presentation. Panelists must be named in the final section of the submission process.
  7. A list of required audio-visual equipment requirements.

Proposals for The NAMM Show are welcome and encouraged by the deadline of January 27, 2023

NEW this year: All accepted presenters must be prepared to submit a video recording of their session by March 3, 2023.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.