Help SXSW hone in on the Music Track conversations that are important to the SXSW Community by participating in PanelPicker Community Voting from August 7-25. Browse submitted ideas, leave comments, and vote on what programming you would like to see at the 2018 SXSW Conference. Music tracks include Making & Promoting Music, Music Culture & Stories, Music Industry, Sync, Stream & License, and Touring & Live Experience.
Making & Promoting Music
March 13-17. There is so much to learn and share about the process of creating, writing, playing, and sharing music in today’s world. Likewise, new distribution models, promotional platforms, and release strategies are changing the game for indie and major artists.
Music Culture & Stories
March 13-17. Music has a rich history, and some amazing (often legendary) stories to tell. Superstars and up-and-comers alike have inspiration, insight, and guidance to share. Explore the culture of music, from worldwide to hyper-local scenes, movements, genres, fashion, and beyond.
March 13-17. Experts and thought leaders will guide you through today’s multifaceted and global music business. Learn about bleeding-edge innovations and get real-world advice and thoughtful examinations of our industry that can help you succeed as a professional, entrepreneur, or artist.
Sync, Stream & License
March 13-17. Streaming now dominates the music business, but a complicated landscape remains. Licensing deals and sync placements are highly valuable and sought-after. Hear from major players about the future of these crucial pieces of the music revenue puzzle.
Touring & Live Experience
March 13-17. Venues and festivals, large and small, support the dynamic touring industry that so many artists increasingly rely on for their livelihoods. Discover the newest innovations and sage advice on today’s touring and festival industry.
How to Vote
To participate in the voting process, visit panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote and login or create an account.
Once you are logged in to PanelPicker, you can begin the voting process. Filter through proposals by session format, programming track, and level. You can also search by title, description, tags, and speakers in the search field.
Each voter can vote once per proposal – selecting "arrow up" for yes or "arrow down" for no. You can also leave a constructive comment about the proposals you vote on. Have a question for the organizer? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.
During Community Voting, it's also important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting through your personal blog or social media channels. We have created handy "Vote For My PanelPicker Idea" graphics for you to use for social media sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Inside the PanelPicker Process
Each year, SXSW PanelPicker helps shape the majority of the SXSW Conference programming. Community Voting comprises 30% of the SXSW Conference programming decision, plus input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helps ensure that less well-known voices have as much of a chance of being selected to speak at SXSW as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup.
For more information about the Community Voting process, read the PanelPicker FAQ and visit the SXSW PanelPicker page.
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"Healing Power of Music" Session at the 2017 SXSW Conference - Photo by Claudio Fox