SXSW 2015 Music Conference and Festival

Posted by:  South By Southwest  | When:  –  | Where: Austin, Texas, USA

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South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival takes place every March alongside SXSW Film and Interactive.

Now in its 29th year, SXSW Music has been one of the largest, most influential and anticipated annual events worldwide for over a quarter of a century. In 2014, over 2,300 acts showcased, nearly 600 of which were international acts, representing 57 different countries. These artists had the opportunity to perform for almost 28,000 industry attendees, including over 2,800 media representatives and thousands of fans.  A total of 27,991 participants from 82 countries attended the Music Conference in 2014, continuing a tradition of growing in culture and quantity.

Television crews, filmmakers, radio programmers, music magazine journalists, newspaper writers, podcasters and hundreds of independent bloggers will be in Austin reporting on every facet of the festival and laying claim to having heard the next big act before anyone else, creating opportunities for media exposure through hundreds of national and international media outlets.

From unsigned bands to indie and major label headliners, SXSW continues to be the premier music event that sets the tone and direction of the industry by introducing the hottest new talent, and showcasing the new directions and sounds of the most important musical acts in the world, while providing an ideal environment for bands to learn from and meet the music industry professionals that can help them further their careers.

Past Performers Include:
Future Islands (USA), Depeche Mode (UK), Damon Albarn (UK), Lady Gaga (USA), Kirin J. Callinan (AUS), Coldplay (UK), Bomba Estereo (CO), Eagulls (UK), Richie Hawtin (DE), Willie Nelson (USA), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (UK), St. Vincent (USA), The Mary Onettes (SE), London Grammar (UK), Tinariwen (ML), Porter (MEX), Cafe Tacuba (MEX), John Talabot (ES), The Shins (USA), Prince (USA), Hyuna (KR), Justin Timberlake (USA), KiT [Kuenta i Tambu] (NL), Green Day (USA), alt-J (UK), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (USA), Carsick Cars (CH), The Flaming Lips (USA), Gary Numan (UK), Vampire Weekend (USA), Yoshiki (JP), Queens of the Stone Age (USA), Charles Bradley (USA), Kumbia Queers (AR), Duran Duran (UK), DeVotchKa (USA), Ellie Goulding (UK), Protomartyr (USA), Nive Nielsen (GL), Twin Atlantic (UK), Haim (USA), Jambinai (KR), Bo Ningen (UK), The Black Angels (USA), Dikta (IS), Mac Demarco (CA), Delorian (ES), Flying Lotus (USA), Gochag Askarov Ensemble (AZ), Lucy And The Popsonics (BR), Raphael Saadiq (USA), La Femme (FR), The Black Atlantic (NL), Chikita Violenta (MEX), Sylvan Esso (USA), Le1f (USA), CHVRCHES (UK), Iggy Azalea (AU), Sauti Sol (KE), Ballet School (DE), Eatliz (IL), Tom Trago (NL), The Preatures (AU), Grimes (CA), Bloodgroup (IS), Dudu Tassa (IS), Xeno & Oaklander (USA), Guadalupe Plata (ES), The Antlers (USA), Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas (AR), Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (USA), The Naked and Famous (NZ), Temples (UK), Connan Mockasin (NZ), Mumiy Troll (RU), Kendrick Lamar (USA), Calibro35 (IT), Tove Lo (SE), Chimes and Bells (DK), Zedd (DE), Olof Arnalds (IS),  and These United States (USA) just to name a few.

The Band

Open to: 

  • All genres 
  • Solo acts and/or full bands
  • Artists from any region

The Gig

Varies by assigned venue: 

  • Time slot, load-in
  • Backline
  • Other venue details

Additional Compensation Details: 

  • Artist wristbands for all band members (free food & drinks, artist lounges, access to all official daytime and nighttime Music Festival & Conference programming, and more)  
  • Domestic acts have the choice of cash compensation instead of artist wristbands ($100 for solo / $250 for band or duo).