Apply to Showcase at SXSW Music

Artist applications for the 2016 SXSW Music Festival are now closed. Applications for SXSW 2017 will open summer 2016.

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.

SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development, from 2015 newcomers such as Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice, Leon Bridges, Run The Jewels, Ibeyi, Tobias Jesso Jr., Odesza and Rae Sremmurd to 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 Future Islands, 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. Artist applications for SXSW Music 2016 are now closed!

Apply to perform at SXSW Music 2016 via Sonicbids

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

  • SXSW 2016 Early Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11:59PM EDT ($33 fee)
  • SXSW 2016 Final Deadline: Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:59PM EDT ($45 fee)

The final 2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist application deadline was on Sunday, October 25, 2015.

If you still have questions, visit the Showcase FAQ. If you haven't found your answer there, send an email to