2017 SXSW Music Festival

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


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The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals take place every March. Apply for the 2017 SXSW Music Festival here.

Television crews, filmmakers, radio programmers, music magazine journalists, newspaper writers, podcasters and hundreds of independent bloggers will again 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. Other professional attendees include booking agents, label reps, managers, promoters, publicists, sync agents, publishers and brand ambassadors and more with the potential power to elevate artists to the next stage of their career.

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 coming year in music by introducing yet to be discovered talents, current buzzing artists as well as some 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.

2016 Performers Include:

Diet Cig (New Paltz NY), Sunflower Bean (New York NY), Car Seat Headrest (Seattle WA), Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (Oxnard CA), Loretta Lynn (Hurricane Mills TN), Bleached (Los Angeles CA), Kacey Musgraves (Nashville TN), Jake Bugg (Nottingham UK), Hinds (Madrid SPAIN), Charli XCX (Bishop’s Stortford UK), Mitski (Brooklyn NY), Troye Sivan (Perth AUSTRALIA), Lukas Graham (Copenhagen DENMARK), Fantastic Negrito (Oakland CA), Systema Solar (Cartagena COLOMBIA), Dayme Arocena (Habana CUBA), Margo Price (Nashville TN), Lucky Chops (New York NY), Erykah Badu (Dallas TX), Golden Dawn Arkestra (Austin TX), Shinyribs (Austin TX), Carrie Rodriguez (Austin TX), Jamie xx (London UK), AlunaGeorge (London UK), Deftones (Sacramento CA), George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic (Tallahassee FL), Richie Hawtin (Berlin GERMANY), Moodymann (Detroit MI), Ryan Adams and The Shining (Los Angeles CA), Dua Lipa (London UK), HÆLOS (London UK), Too Short (Oakland CA), Blood Orange (New York NY), Snarky Puppy (Denton TX), Bombino (Agadez NIGER), Protomartyr (Detroit MI), HEALTH (Los Angeles CA), Bayonne (Austin TX), Bill Converse (Austin TX), A Giant Dog (Austin TX), William Harries Graham & The Painted Redstarts (Austin TX), Residual Kid (Austin TX), Intocable (Zapata TX) 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
  • Other venue details

Additional Compensation Details: 

  • Foreign, non-U.S. acts will automatically receive SXSW artist wristbands as a benefit for performing. Artist wristbands grant free access to other official SXSW showcases, parties, conference programming, artist specific activations and more (unless otherwise noted).
  • Domestic acts from the U.S. have the choice of cash compensation ($100 for solo / $250 for band or duo) in lieu of the artist wristbands (some exceptions may apply). For those who qualify to choose, only one selection may be made as no combinations of benefits are permitted. 
  • Some acts may perform on more than one official showcase however all acts will only be benefited once regardless of multiple performances.