The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival is kinda like SXSW but in New York. According to Wikipedia, the CMJ Music Marathon was introduced in 1980, with only a few venues around NYC as a way for industry professionals to discover new breaking artists in the college radio world. It was named after the New York City Marathon going on at the same time its first year. This year it will include over 1,000 artists in more than 65 different venues around NYC in 5 days.
The festival is put on by College Music Journal Network, a music events/publishing company as well as a weekly magazine of and for the music industry and college radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. It publishes top 30 lists sent by stations which subscribe at a cost of a few hundred dollars a year. It is also sent to record companies and their PR and publicity representatives as well as record stores. CMJ also publishes CMJ New Music Monthly, a magazine with interviews, reviews, and special features. Each magazine comes with a CD of 15-24 songs by well-established bands, unsigned bands and everything in between.
The 2008 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival is scheduled for October 21-25 and will be headquartered at New York University and other downtown NYC venues. Hit the Artists page and Panels page for more information. The schedule just came out today as well, check it out here for a list of all the artists and when/where they perform. Register here to buy tickets for your chance to attend, with prices ranging from $30 - $495.
Check with our friends Consequence Of Sound as they'll be updating from all the CMJ festivities. I wish I could go, maybe next year!