CMJ Music Marathon, the long-running new music showcase and industry-wide conference, celebrated its 35th year in 2015, its second edition under new owner Adam Klein, who purchased the company outright in 2014. Whether it will celebrate its 36th is the cause of some speculation this week.
The long-running organization's web site and social media accounts have remained dormant since June. (Its most recent posts on both Twitter and Facebook read, "We love all our dedicated fans. Please bear with us.") And as the autumn creeps closer -- last year, the initial lineup was announced Sept. 9, with the week-long festival running in mid-October -- several media outlets have publicly questioned whether the Music Marathon will return.
Multiple sources with longstanding connections to the annual festival have confirmed to Billboard that they are not aware of any plans for CMJ to return to New York this year. However, in a statement provided to Billboard, Klein writes that "a little patience and a whole lot less wild and unsubstantiated speculation is what we need right now," and that the company will "share more about our 2016 and 2017 program soon."