SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals, and we believe people have the power to change the world for the better. Our social responsibility encompasses initiatives to promote human rights, help communities and protect our natural environment.
2018 SXSW Community Service Awards
The SXSW Community Service Awards celebrate the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW. Five individuals and five organizations will be recognized for their community service at a ceremony as part of the Social Impact program in March. Each honoree or organization will receive complimentary badges to SXSW, a $5,000 grant, and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community.
Adopt-a-Street: Started on 6th, Staying on 6th
Keep Austin Beautiful’s Adopt-a-Street program gives local groups like SXSW the opportunity to help keep Austin beautiful by collecting litter and beautifying streets in the community. We have events to clean up our stretch on East 6th Street from Comal Street to Brushy Street four times a year.
Each holiday season, SXSW raises in-house funds to provide necessities to local families and others in need. Several families are adopted through SAFE, a local, Austin-area domestic abuse, sexual assault and child abuse center. Donations provide everyday essentials such as clothes, bed linens, toiletries and grocery gift cards. Children also receive learning materials, books and toys.
HAAM is the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, an Austin-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. The nonprofit’s annual HAAM Benefit Day is a community event where businesses and residents of the city of Austin come together in support of local musicians. SXSWfm hosts a nighttime showcase on HAAM Benefit Day each year with music provided by local SXSW Music alumni.
Shoal Creek Conservancy
Shoal Creek is in the heart of Austin, Texas. In 1839, it was the city’s original western boundary. Today, it is an artery into its urban core. In recent years, conditions in and around this unique Austin treasure have declined, and we feel restoring and protecting Shoal Creek will make Austin a more vibrant place to live, work and recreate. SXSW shows support for our neighbors at the Shoal Creek Conservancy through creek clean-ups and other involvement.
The Learning Expo, March 6, is a community event designed to encourage and inspire learners of all ages to identify and reach their education and career goals. Hundreds of exhibitors, mentorship from seasoned professionals, access to community leaders, school and career representatives, and youth showcases are featured throughout this free event for students, parents, teachers and community members.
SXSW Free Events
Special free and open-to-the public events during SXSW in March. From the SXSW Gaming Expo to the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake and several events in between, there are a ton of free event options! Learn more at sxsw.com/free or get on the list at guestpass.sxsw.com.
SXSW proudly supports the following organizations:
- Austin Film Society
- Austin Music People
- Austin Parks Foundation
- Austin School of Film
- Austin Theatre Alliance
- CASA of Travis County
- Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO)
- Junior League of Austin
- Latinas Unidas por El Arte
- People’s Community Clinic
- Rainforest Partnership
- Sims Foundation
- Waller Creek Conservancy