SXSW 2014 Music Conference and Festival

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

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In it's 28th year, the South by Southwest Music Festival has been one of the largest, most influential and anticipated music events of the year worldwide for over a quarter of a century. In 2013, a total of 2,325 acts performed at the festival (including over 600 non-USA acts from 55 different countries) on over 100 stages in downtown Austin. These bands had the opportunity to play for 25,000+ industry attendees, including 3,000+ media representatives that attended last year's event, and of course, thousands of fans.

In addition to the immense festival draw, SXSW provides access to more advanced band information than has ever been offered by a music industry convention, pre, during, and post-event. The Showcasing Band Pages on the SXSW website allow fans and professionals to search through the bands that perform at SXSW, hear their music, read their bios and get the date/time/location of their performance. The opportunities for media exposure have never been better with the event being covered by hundreds of national and international media outlets. Television crews, film makers, 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. The addition of iTune podcasts with exclusive live performances from SXSW bands, also helps extend the exposure the lucky SXSW performers get through the event.

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.

Get information on the types of bands SXSW is looking for, secrets of the festival planning, and tips from the SXSW bookers by checking out the following blog post.

Past SXSW performers include Prince (USA), Justin Timberlake (USA), Green Day (USA), alt-J (UK), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (USA), The Flaming Lips (USA), Vampire Weekend (USA), Queens of the Stone Age (USA), Duran Duran (UK), DeVotchKa (USA), Ellie Goulding (UK), Flogging Molly (USA), Nive Nielsen (GL), Twin Atlantic (UK), Fences (USA), The Black Angels (USA), Dikta (IS), Timbuktu (CA), PS I Love You (USA), Lucy And The Popsonics (BR), Raphael Saadiq (USA), The Inspector Cluzo (FR), The Black Atlantic (NL), Chikita Violenta (MEX), Stephen Kellogg (USA), Locksley (USA), Yuck (UK), CHIHA (TN), Sauti Sol (KE), Hundreds (DE), Eatliz (IL), Idiotape (KR), Palmbomen (NL), The Vaudeville Smash (AU), Dinosaur Feathers (USA), Bloodgroup (IS), Polyphase (PA), Eastern Conference Champions (USA), Guadalupe Plata (ES), The Antlers (USA), Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr (USA), The Naked and Famous (NZ), Casiokids (NO), Okkervil River (USA), Liam Finn (NZ), Calibro35 (IT), Adam & Alma (SE), Chimes and Bells (DK), The Dears (CA), Olof Arnalds (IS), These United States (USA) just to name a few.

Make sure to also check out videos of Sonicbids members who played at SXSW and other footage from 2012:



Sonicbids is the official online submission partner for SXSW 2014. Your Sonicbids EPK allows you to quickly and easily compile all the info SXSW wants to see about your act - your music, bio, photos and more. If you don't have an EPK yet, don't worry - we'll help you create one as part of your application process.

Please note: SXSW will be evaluating bands as their submissions come in. Please make sure to complete your EPK immediately, as your EPK is an instrumental part of the review process. SXSW will not be able to evaluate your submission without a complete EPK. If you have questions or need help with your application, contact the Sonicbids Support center


If you have any questions, please check out the SXSW FAQ:


Terms And Conditions

SXSW 2014 Showcase Application Guidelines
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Showcase Application Guidelines:
Thank you for your interest in applying to perform at SXSW 2014.

If you are signing up for Sonicbids for the first time and submitting to SXSW, you will need a major credit card to check out at the end of the application process. 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 be 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 their showcase status no later than January 22, 2014. 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. As a benefit of performing, international acts receive an Artist Package (one artist wristband for each band member) and acts based in the U.S. have the option of choosing an Artist Package (artist wristbands for each band member) or cash. Showcasing acts only receive one benefit, even if they perform multiple showcases.

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 2014.

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 22 de enero del 2014. 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.