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Amazing Radio To Revive CMJ Music Marathon [UPDATE]

UPDATE: UK based Amazing Radio has announced that it is reviving shuttered US indie and college radio brand CMJ.

Amazing Radio launched in the UK in 2009 as a platform for emerging artists. Now the hosted radio-like streaming service is “coming to the USA and reviving CMJ.”

A full reboot of the CMJ Music Marathon and conference is planned for New York in October.

A US stream for new music is also on tap. “We promise to help emerging artists across the States,” says a statement on the Amazing Radio site.

“It’s the perfect fit,” Amazing Radio founder Paul Campbell said in a statement. “With gigs canceled and venues shuttered, the world’s next generation of musicians need help to keep working. … We plan to breathe new life into CMJ and revive its influence and presence for the benefit of musicians and music. Its heritage is immense — but we intend to make sure CMJ’s best days are ahead of it by combining it with Amazing Radio.”

“This is a revolution for American emerging artists; the opportunity to be played on the radio, increase their popularity through listener engagement, have the chance to play CMJ and grow their careers, all backed up by audience support and exert advice,” said chairman and Enigma Records co-founder Bill Hein in a statement. “We’re still planning to bring CMJ back to New York in October, come hell or Coronavirus. But we’re here to help musicians, now, anyway.”

Founded In 1978

Founded by Robert Haber in 1978 as the College Media Journal, a bi-weekly trade magazine aimed at college radio programmers, it became CMJ New Music Report in 1982.

From 1980 through 2015, the company organized the CMJ Music Marathon, a convention and music festival in New York City.

In recent years, various owners have promised to revive the conference and brand, but their efforts have never brought concrete results.

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