Clearly, the music business does not begin and end with the U.S., and SXSW is always eager to embrace music from around the world– it's part of what makes SXSW so special, and it's not limited to just performances. In addition to our new International Day Stage in the convention center, the Music Conference will examine the music business from a global perspective.
"Asia's Seeping Influence Into Western Music" will explore the surge of Asian music finding new audiences here in the States. "Wild About You" takes us on a historical musical tour of Australia, while "UK 101: How to Break Your Band in the UK" doles out advice to musicians with hopes to get some attention from the Brits. Of particular note this year is the rising potential and cultural influence of Africa, with "AfroBeats", "The Promise Land: Can Africa Save The Music Biz?", and "Digital Media/Music in Africa" all exploring different aspects of its vast musical landscape and industry. These are just a taste of the many sessions yet to come.
Be sure to register for SXSW to experience these and many more internationally-focused sessions in March!