NextGen Program


CMA’s NextGen program is a unique plan designed to help university and conservatory students, recent alumni, and young professionals transition into rewarding careers.

For only $10, anyone 25 years or younger may take advantage of this curated program in addition to accessing conference activities including sessions and workshops, performances, and networking events.


Orientation and Welcome
Thursday, January 4, 2018 | 5:00-6:00 PM | Minskoff Room, 9th Floor

Moderator: Jane Cho, director of administration, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
Speakers: Eunbi Kim, pianist, educator | Louis Levitt, bassist, SYBARITE5

Carving Out Your Own Place in the Music Industry
Friday, January 5, 2018 | 12:00-1:45 PM | Minskoff Room, 9th Floor

Speaker: Ulysses Owens, Jr., jazz drummer and producer
What new skills do artists need to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving music industry? Join Ulysses Owens Jr., an entrepreneurial jazz artist and producer, as he shares career insights and successful strategies to help students and professional artists thrive in an increasingly complex business. Owens will highlight the importance of maintaining simultaneous career channels and tactful branding strategies. He’ll also discuss tips for managing business relationships and social networks for long-term success.

Closing Session
Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 1:00-2:00 PM | Minskoff Room, 9th Floor

Moderator: Jane Cho, director of administration, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
Speakers: Etienne Charles, associate professor of jazz trumpet, Michigan State University | Eunbi Kim, pianist, educator | Chris Williams, vice president of artist management, Judson Management Group, Inc.


Individual Registration (Select NextGen 25 years & younger – $10)

Group Registration – Institutions may register student or alumni groups by sending a list of students’ names, email addresses, and instrument(s) played, along with institution name to Please indicate how the fee will be paid.

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