SXSW Opens 2018 Showcase Applications, Panel Picker


Sxsw 2018The next SXSW will be held March 9 -18, 2018 in Austin Texas, and today, Monday Hun3e 26th, the festival begins accepting applications for one of the 2000 or so official showcase slots, as well as the panels and sessions the are held throughout the festival.

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Sxsw-logo-horizontalSXSW 2018 Accepting Showcase Applications

Today, Monday June 26th, the 2018 Music Festival has opened its Showcase Applications process. Fill out the application on SXSW’s website to be considered by the Music Festival programming team for an official performance at the leading music industry event of the year.

The initial application fee for Showcasing Artist applications will be $35. The early deadline to apply is Friday, September 8. After this deadline, the application fee will be $55. The final application deadline is Friday, October 20.

The SXSW Music Festival presents a great opportunity to network with and perform for industry pros. In 2017, more than 2,000 Showcasing Artists performed at SXSW this past March, with 544 of those acts representing 63 countries outside of the U.S. 

SXSW Panel Picker Now Open

The PanelPicker is a two-step online process that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming SXSW conference activities inclding presentations, panels, discussions and demonstrations.

STEP 1: encourages the community to enter proposals for daytime conference programming for all SXSW events.

STEP 2: allows the community to browse all of these ideas, leave comments, and vote for what they think are the best fit.

Reading the PanelPicker FAQ will give you important information about SXSW and some tips for creating a proposal. 

“The PanelPicker interface connects us with the thousands of creative professionals, experienced experts and informed consumers that make up the global SXSW community,” says Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer. “This interface helps us identify the most compelling new ideas within the many different industries we serve and, in so doing, keeps SXSW exciting, timely, and relevant.”  

Panel Selection Process

Pie chart: 30% staff, 30% public votes, 40% advisory board

Public Votes: 30%
Your input is important in terms of shaping the look and feel of the 2016 event.

SXSW Advisory Board: 40%
A group of industry experts from around the world, the SXSW Advisory Board provides significant feedback on all submissions.

SXSW Staff: 30% 
SXSW staffers work to fill any gaps in relevant subject matter, striking a balance between new and veteran speakers.