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).

Terms And Conditions

SXSW 2015 Rules and Regulations
(Normas y Reglamentos en Espaol debajo del versin en Ingls)

Rules & Regulations:Thank you for your interest in applying to perform at SXSW 2015.

You will need a major credit card to check out at the end of the application process if you are signing up for Sonicbids and submitting to SXSW. If you are an existing Sonicbids member, the credit card in your account will be charged. Once you have completed your application, you must complete your Sonicbids EPK or make sure it is up-to-date with your most current, relevant and important information, if you haven't already. Make sure to include updated mp3s, photos, bio, press, tour dates etc. Please update this information on a regular basis for a more complete and immediate evaluation.

Ensure that the Primary Contact is someone with frequent communication with the applying act and a frequently checked email address. This email address is where SXSW will send all notifications.
All applicants will be notified of showcase status no later than January 23, 2015. Due to the large number of applications, we ask that you do not call the SXSW offices to inquire about status. Our goal is to notify all international applicants by the end of the year. If selected to showcase, acts will be compensated in the form of a cash payment or artist wristbands. Acts that perform multiple showcases will be compensated for only one showcase. 

You do not need to purchase a registration badge to apply for or to perform at a SXSW showcase. Artists will be able to purchase registration badges at the lowest registration rate after notification of status, if they choose to do so. There are no refunds if you purchase a registration at a higher rate, or decide not to attend if you are not offered a showcase.

Normas y Reglamentos

Gracias por su inters en aplicar para presentarse en SXSW 2015.

Usted necesitar una tarjeta de crdito valida al final del proceso de inscripcin, si se esta inscribiendo para Sonicbids o aplicando para presentarse en SXSW. Si ya eres miembro de Sonicbids, la tarjeta de crdito en su cuenta ser cargada. Una vez que haya terminado de llenar la aplicacin, tendr que finalizar el EPK de Sonicbids o asegurarse de actualizarlo con los datos ms recientes, relevantes y ms importantes, si aun no lo ha actualizado. Asegrese de incluir mp3s, fotos, biografa, prensa y fechas ms recientes. Por favor actualic todos sus datos frecuentemente para recibir una evaluacin ms completa e inmediata. 

Asegrese que el Contacto Principal es la persona que se comunica con ms frecuencia con el artista aplicando y revisa su correo electrnico frecuentemente. SXSW enviara a esa direccin todas las notificaciones. 

Todo solicitante ser notificado del estatus de su presentacin al ms tardar el 23 de enero del 2015. Debido al gran nmero de solicitudes, les pedimos no llamar a las oficinas de SXSW solicitando informacin sobre el estatus de su aplicacin. Nuestra meta es notificar a todo solicitante internacional para fin de ao. En caso de ser seleccionados para presentarse, sern compensados con dinero o un paquete de registro de pulseras de artista. Artistas que realizan un mltiple de presentaciones recibirn compensacin por solo una presentacin de exhibicin. 

No necesitas comprar una acreditacin de inscripcin si estas solicitando participar o si te presentaras en SXSW. Todos los artistas podrn comprar sus acreditaciones de inscripcin si desean a la tarifa ms baja despus de que sean notificados de su estatus, si eligen hacerlo. No los reembolsamos si compran su acreditacin de inscripcin a la tarifa mayor o si deciden no asistir al no ser seleccionados para una presentacin.