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.

Terms And Conditions

SXSW 2017 Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations:

Thank you for your interest in applying to perform at SXSW 2017.

Applications for SXSW must be submitted via Sonicbids and a major credit card will be required to check out. If you are already a Sonicbids member, the credit card on your account will be charged. Once your application is complete, you must create your Sonicbids EPK, or update your existing EPK, with the most current, relevant and important information. Include current mp3s, photos, bio, press tour dates, etc. Regularly maintain your EPK as applications may be reviewed several times throughout the consideration period. New information could favorably impact your invitation status.

It is critical that the Primary Contact information provided is accurate. The person listed should check email frequently and be authorized to respond on behalf the act applying. Notifications from SXSW will only be sent to the Primary Contact email address.

All applicants will be notified, through their Primary Contact, of showcase status no later than January 20, 2017. Due to the large number of applicants, we ask that you do not call the SXSW offices to inquire about your status prior to this date. Within all reasonable means, international applicants will be prioritized to allow more time for those selected to arrange travel and visa processes.

If selected to showcase, 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, US acts can choose to receive a small financial compensation 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.

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.

All invited acts must sign the SXSW Performance Agreement in order to be announced and thusly perform at SXSW. The full agreement will be sent upon acceptance of the invitation but below is the exclusivity clause for review:

1.                             Exclusivity

1.1.                      Artist will not perform any unofficial shows during SXSW in Austin, TX from March 13-19, 2017, between the hours of 7pm and 2am local Austin time as well as any daytime events that SXSW deems to be a conflict and/or adversely impacts SXSW. In-store performances at record stores and any radio and television performances under ten minutes in length are not subject to this restriction.

1.2.                      Artist understands and acknowledges that Artists official SXSW showcase is Artists first priority. Artist will not take actions that undermine the success or inhibit attendance of Artists official SXSW showcase, including, without limitation, accepting invitations for an excessive number of unofficial SXSW shows. Based on years of experience, such actions negatively impact SXSW.

1.3.                      By February 10, 2017, Artist will notify SXSW in writing of any and all unofficial shows Artist wishes to perform at during March 13-19, 2017, and request approval to perform (email

1.4.                      International Artists entering the country through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), B visa or any non-work visa may not perform at any public or unofficial shows, DAY OR NIGHT, in Austin from March 10-19, 2017. Accepting and performing at unofficial events (including unofficial events aside from SXSW Music dates during their visit to the United States) may result in immediate deportation, revoked passport and denied entry by US Customs Border Patrol at US ports of entry. For more information, please visit these pages:

1.4.1. (B Visa / ESTA Registation)

1.4.2. (Work Visas)

1.4.3.    SXSW general visa FAQ:

2.                             If SXSW determines, in its sole discretion, that Artist or its representatives have acted in ways that adversely impacts the viability of Artists official SXSW showcase, the following actions are available to SXSW:

2.1.                      Artist will be removed from their official SXSW showcase and, at SXSWs sole discretion, replaced.

2.2.                      Any hotels booked via SXSW Housing will be canceled.

2.3.                      Artists credentials will be canceled.

2.4.                      SXSW will notify the appropriate U.S. immigration authorities of the above actions.


SXSW 2017 Normas y Reglamentos

Normas Y Reglamentos:

Gracias por su inters en aplicar para presentarse en SXSW 2017.

Las inscripciones para SXSW deben enviarse a travs de Sonicbids la cual se requerir una tarjeta de crdito para finalizar el proceso.  Si ya eres miembro de Sonicbids, la tarjeta de crdito en su cuenta ser cargada.   Una vez que termine de llenar la aplicacin, tendr que crear el EPK de Sonicbids o asegurarse de actualizar su EPK existente con los datos ms recientes, relevantes y ms importantes.  Inclua lo ms reciente de sus mp3s, fotos, biografa, prensa, fechas de gira, etc.  Actualice con frecuencia su EPK ya qu su inscripcin podr ser revisada varias veces durante el periodo de evaluacin.

Es importante que los datos proporcionados del Contacto Principal sean los correctos.  La persona indicada que se menciona debera revisar su correo electrnico con frecuencia y ser la persona autorizada de responder en nombre de la banda o artista aplicando. Notificaciones de SXSW sern enviados al correo electrnico del Contacto Principal.

Todo solicitante ser notificado del estatus de su presentacin al ms tardar el 20 de enero del 2017. Debido al gran nmero de solicitantes, les pedimos que no llamen a las oficinas de SXSW antes de esta fecha para preguntar su estatus. Dentro de los medios razonables, los solicitantes internacionales se les dar prioridad para permitirles el tiempo suficiente de organizar su viaje y procesar sus visas.

Si son seleccionados para presentarse, artistas o bandas extranjeras automticamente recibirn manillas o pulseras de artista como un beneficio por presentarse. Manillas o pulseras de artistas les dan acceso a otros showcases oficiales de SXSW, fiestas, la programacin de la conferencia, activaciones dirigidas especficamente a artistas y ms (a lo menos que no sea indicado).  Bandas o artistas nacionales podrn seleccionar entre una pequea compensacin en lugar de manillas o pulseras de artistas (ciertas excepciones pueden aplicar).  Aquellos que califican para elegir, solamente pueden hacer una seleccin como no se permiten combinaciones de beneficios. Algunas bandas o artistas pueden llevar a cabo ms de una presentacin oficial sin embargo, independiente de la cantidad de presentaciones solamente sern beneficiados una vez.

No necesitas comprar una acreditacin de inscripcin si ests 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 presentacin. No hay reembolsos si usted compra su acreditacin a una tarifa mayor, o si deciden no asistir al no ser seleccionados para un showcase.

Todos las bandas o artistas invitados deben firmar el  SXSW Performance Agreement ( Acuerdo de Presentacin de SXSW) para ser anunciados y presentarse en SXSW . El acuerdo en su totalidad ser enviado al momento de ser invitado, pero a continuacin revise la clusula de exclusividad.


1. Exclusividad

1.1 Artista no realizar ninguna presentacin no offcial durante SXSW n Austin, TX del 13-19 de marzo, 2017 entre las horas de las 7 PM a las 2 AM hora local de Austin al igual que cualquier evento durante el da que SXSW estime que exista algn conflicto y / o afect negativamente a SXSW.  Presentaciones en las tiendas de discos y cualquier presentacin en radio y televisin menos de diez minutos de duracin no son sujetos a esta restriccin.

1.2. Artista entiende y reconoce que la  primera prioridad del Artista es el Showcase Oficial de Artista de SXSW.  Artista no tomar acciones que debilite el xito o afecte negativamente la asistencia de su Showcase Oficial de Artista, incluyendo, aceptando invitaciones para un nmero excesivo de presentaciones no oficiales de SXSW.   En base a aos de experiencia, este tipo de acciones le afectan negativamente a SXSW.

1.3. Para el 10 de febrero del 2017, artista notificar a SXSW por escrito de cualquier y todos sus presentaciones no oficiales de Artista que desean realizar durante los das del 13-19 de marzo del 2017, y solicitar la aprobacin para poder presentarse ( correo electrnico            

1.4. Los artistas internacionales que entran a travs del Programa de Exencin de Visa: (Visa Waiver Program o VWP), B Visa o cualquier visa no laboral o de trabajo no podr presentarse en ningn lugar pblico o shows no oficiales ni de DA o de NOCHE en Austin del 19-10 de marzo del 2017.  La aceptacin y el presentarse en eventos no oficiales (incluyendo los eventos no oficiales, aparte de las fechas de SXSW Music durante su visita en los EE.UU.) pueden resultar en la expulsin inmediata de deportacin, el pasaporte revocado y la entrada negada por la Patrulla Fronteriza de Aduanas (Customs Border Patrol) de EE.UU. en los puertos de entrada.  Para obtener ms informacin, visite estas paginas

1.4.1. (B Visa / Registro de ESTA)

1.4.2. (Visas Laborales o Trabajo)

1.4.3.    SXSW Preguntas Frecuentes en General de Visas :

2. Si SXSW determina, a su discrecin, que el artista o representantes ha actuado de una manera que le afecte negativamente la viabilidad de su Showcase Oficial de Artista de SXSW, las siguientes acciones estn a la disposicin de SXSW:

2.1. Artista ser removido de su Showcase Oficial de Artista de SXSW, y reemplazado al criterio exclusivo de SXSW.

2.2. Hoteles reservados a travs de SXSW Housing sern cancelados.

2.3 Acreditaciones de Artista sern canceladas.

2.4. SXSW notificar a las autoridades indicadas de inmigracin de EE.UU. de las acciones mencionadas.