Apply to Showcase at SXSW 2016

Artist applications for the 2016 SXSW Music Festival will open on Monday, June 29

Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of Austin's famous live music venues, for over 30,000 industry representatives and fellow musicians combined, plus nearly 3,000 media members and thousands of fans in attendance. Apply for the opportunity to play with acts from all over world. Of the 2,200-plus showcasing artists in 2015, nearly 600 international acts performed, representing 62 different countries. By opening the application process earlier, we aim to give more attention to each applicant and notify bands of their status sooner than in previous years.

SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development, including music legends such as Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, LL Cool J, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Depeche Mode. Join the ranks of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford and Sons, Florence and The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, The Strokes and so many more, by benefiting from career changing exposure and publicity provided by the amazing mix of influential participants who attend SXSW every year.

Apply At Sonicbids

Sonicbids is the exclusive online musical event application platform of the 2016 SXSW Music Festival. Please note that artist applications for 2016 will open on Monday, June 29.

Why Do We Use Sonicbids?

The Sonicbids Electronic Press Kit (EPK™) is the industry standard tool for career-focused musicians. The EPK format makes it easy for us to listen to your music, read your bio and press links and check out photos and videos. This makes our review process more efficient and ensures that every single band that applies gets reviewed.

Application Fees and Deadlines

The artist application deadlines for the 2016 SXSW Music Festival are to be determined. If you still have questions, visit the Showcase FAQ. If you haven't found your answer there, send an email to music@sxsw.com.