The South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival has had a pretty impressive run of 25 annual events since 1987, but the 26th annual SXSW is shaping up to be the most amazing one yet. Over 17,000 convention attendees will journey to Austin, Texas, Tuesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 18, 2012 to check out the best of everything that music and the music business has to offer. The activities in the Austin Convention Center are an amazing resource for music industry professionals at every level of their careers. This year will offer more opportunities than ever before to learn from stellar music professionals who are working in the business day in and day out. Opportunities for exposure to the latest gear, the latest technologies, the latest techniques abounds. SXSW will shine a spotlight on the talents of musicians from around the globe for 6 nights during the world famous SXSW Music Festival.
The 2012 SXSW Music Conference held at the Austin Convention Center is a core component of the event covering business and creative issues in music. The daytime programming offers innovative, informative and entertaining presentations. Highlights this year will include: Bruce Springsteen's Keynote on Thursday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m.; SXSW Featured Speaker Sessions and SXSW Interviews on Wednesday, March 14 with Martin Atkins at 12:30 p.m. and Downloaded: the SXSW Interview with Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker and Alex Winter at 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 15 features Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart at 2:45 p.m., and Van Toffler at 4:00 p.m.; Friday, March 16 features Juanes at 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 17 includes StarGate at 12:30 p.m and Bomba Estereo at 2:00 p.m. Over 190 panels and presentations will cover all aspects of music-making. Panel topics include Woody Guthrie at 100; Snacky Tunes: Food, Music & Internet Radio; Banking Beats: Africa's Music Economy; Badass Guitar Apps; ATM in Your Pocket; Mandate My Ass: Gil Scott- Heron's Activist Legacy; Opportunities That Others Miss on the Web; Funkytown Stories; and Turning Music Consumers Into Creators.
One of the new conference offerings this year is Artist Central, an area featuring programming specifically geared towards our musician participants. Clinics will be offered on digital recording software by instructors from the Berklee School of Music as well as instrument clinics presented by The Cult's Ian Astbury, Andrew WK, DJ Z-Trip and Skunk Baxter. Rounding out Artist Central will be Mentor Sessions and Shorties, a series of fifteen minute short form presentations presented in one hour single theme blocks.
The SXSW Trade Show will be held from Monday, March 12 through Thursday, March 15. This four-day show will span all three conferences – music, interactive and film - and is the heart of the convergence for the evolving industries represented. The trade show offers a unique opportunity for performers and other industry professionals to meet in one-on-one scenarios and exchange information. 20 countries from around the world are represented by participating organizations. Countries represented are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Taiwan, UK - England, UK- Scotland, and from every corner of the United States with representatives on hand to aid in broadening careers. Also located in the trade show is the Next Stage, in an almost variety show-like presentation, this stage will host panelists, filmmakers, comedians, and musicians bringing a sample of all that is happening during SXSWeek. A complete list of Exhibition participants and direct links to each company is available at http://sxsw.com/trade_shows.
Also taking place in the convention center is Music Gear Expo, The Radio Day Stage, the Ballroom G Day Stage, and the South By Bookstore all running Wednesday, March 14 - Saturday, March 17. Returning for the third year is the Music Gear Expo with manufacturers from top companies showcasing guitars, drums, amps, pedals, keyboards, software and other accessories needed by musicians. Strait Music will be on hand to sell instruments by Expo exhibitors as well as useful accessories. The Radio Day Stage is a favorite place to enjoy performances from showcasing artists, grab a drink and relax. SXSW has partnered with 7 of the most innovative radio stations including KCRW, KEXP, KUT, WFUV, WXPN, The Current and Columbia's Radionica all of which played a major role in curating the shows. The Ballroom G Day Stage will offer "only at SXSW" events from a DJ battle, to unique collaborative bills of showcasing artists, to comedy sets. The South by Bookstore will feature notable SXSW registrants selling and signing books as well as CDs and DVDs of favorite SXSW participants.
Also new this year is the Music Startup Village bringing together the startups, entrepreneurs, investors and cutting-edge digital tastemakers within the 2012 SXSW Festival. This space will showcase the various startup events including SXSW Accelerator presented by Microsoft BizSpark and digitalmusic.org's "Music Start Up Academy" curriculum, as well as other startup related panels, meet ups, lounges, pitch events and mentoring sessions. The events takes place on Wednesday, March 14 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Austin Convention Center. More information can be found at http://sxsw.com/music/startupvillage.
SXSW Music 2012 major sponsors provide critical support for the event and include Miller Lite, Sonicbids, Chevrolet, IFC, Pepsi, Doritos, Monster Energy, freecreditscore.com, Esurance, AT&T, Dell and founding sponsor the Austin Chronicle.
The top attraction though is the music in such abundance that one can't help but be exposed to something completely different. The SXSW Music Festival, which spans six nights with a limited number of showcases also scheduled for Tuesday, will present over 2000 musical acts from 60 countries on 100 stages in venues ranging from the most intimate clubs to the outdoor stage located at Auditorium Shores on scenic downtown Lady Bird Lake. The music starts on Tuesday, March 13 and runs through Sunday, March 18. A very small sampling of bands includes: The Black Ryder (Sydney, AUSTRALIA), Blondes (Brooklyn, NY), Bomba Estereo (Bogota, COLOMBIA), Braid (Chicago, IL), Danny Brown (Detroit, MI), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Asbury Park, NJ), Built To Spill (Boise, ID), Craft Spells (Seattle, WA), Cro-Mags (New York, NY), Django Django (London, UK-ENGLAND), The-Dream (Atlanta, GA), FEAR (Los Angeles, CA), The Gossip (Portland, OR), Grimes (Montreal, CANADA), Glen Hansard (Dublin, IRELAND), Jacuzzi Boys (Miami, FL), Jimmy Cliff (Kingston, JAMAICA), Norah Jones (New York, NY), Kindness (London, UK-ENGLAND), Kreayshawn (Oakland, CA), Kendrick Lamar (Compton, CA), Light Asylum (Brooklyn, NY), Lucero (Memphis, TN), The Magnetic Fields (New York, NY), The Men (Austin, TX), Javiera Mena (Santiago, CHILE), Miike Snow (Stockholm, SWEDEN), Neon Indian (Brooklyn, NY), Niki & The Dove (Stockholm, SWEDEN), Nneka (Warri, NIGERIA), John Tejada (Los Angeles, CA), Torreblanca (Mexico, City, MEXICO), and White Ring (New York, NY).
The outdoor shows, at the Auditorium Shores Stage on Lady Bird Lake, are free to the public and take place for three days, Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17. Thursday's show starts at 5:45 p.m. with performances by The Shins, M. Ward and Little Hurricane; Friday's line-up starting at 6:00 p.m. will feature Counting Crows, Diamond Rugs and Tender Mercies. Saturday's line-up will be announced soon, but headlining the show will be The Cult. Media sponsors for the outdoor stage are KVUE, 93.3 KGSR, 101X and KLBJ-FM. The Auditorium Shores Stage concerts are sponsored by Cirrus Logic and the Texas Lottery.
Also taking place during the SXSW Music Festival is the Thirtieth Annual Austin Music Awards at the Austin Music Hall on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:09 p.m. sharp. The evening includes performances by Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns with special guests Mariachi Relampago, Jon Dee Graham, and Shawn Sahm; Roots and blues artists Ruthie Foster and Carolyn Wonderland join with Ruthie’s Family Band, Rob Hooper, and Cole El Saleh; Nineties neo-psychedelic darlings Sixteen Deluxe; along with the fresh sounds of Quiet Company, and closing with Alejandro Escovedo. Registration badges and wristbands for SXSW include admission to the Austin Music Awards. The Music Awards are presented by The Austin Chronicle and SXSW and co-sponsored by KUT, the Art Institute of Austin, Capital Metro, Discount Electronics and is a benefit for the SIMS Foundation.
SXSW GO, proudly presented by Womzit, is the official mobile app for getting the most out of SXSW 2012. SXSW GO is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7. Search and browse the entire event list, create and save filters based on category, sub-category, track, and venue. View a map of what's going on around you. Find Exhibitors at the SXSW Trade Show. Login and view thousands of registered attendee profiles and make connections. Keep an eye on the SXSW Twitter feed and SXSW Facebook page for all the latest news! Go to sxsw.com/SXSW-GO and download today.
Launching this week is the new SXSWfm, the multi-channel online music resource, powered by DMX. SXSWfm brings "The Sound of SXSW," with music from hundreds of showcasing artists from all genres. In addition, interviews will be conducted with showcasing artists and panelists during the music conference at the SXSWfm Studio, just outside Artist Central on the 4th Floor of the Austin Convention Center. Hear "The Sound of SXSW" at www.sxsw.com/fm.
SXSW is providing technical integrations to enhance attendee experience before, during and after the event. SXSW has the registrant directory and social hub, SXsocial, where attendees can find other registrants with which to network. Search by location, tags, title, company and see which of your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn friends are also attending SXSW2012 (social.sxsw.com). You can also see the SXSWeek full lineup and build a personal schedule at schedule.sxsw.com. Returning this year is SXswag, an easy and efficient digital marketplace offering such things as music samplers and software that are free or at greatly reduced in prices for all SXSW registrants. This feature is accessible through SXSocial. Not to worry though, our famous canvas bags with their unique art will still be handed out.
Collectors of poster art will find all kinds of sweet deals at Flatstock 33 in the Austin Convention Center (ACC) in Ballrooms ABC. The Flatstock Concert Poster Exhibition and Collectors Show presented by SXSW and the American Poster Institute (API) and sponsored by HGTV takes place Wednesday, March 14 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, March 15 - 17 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Over 100 poster artists representing decades of styles, colors and techniques will be selling and displaying their posters. There will also be live music each day from showcasing bands. For more information, go to sxsw.com/music/expos/flatstock.
Style X, an exhibition aimed at showcasing emerging talent in the fashion industry, returns for a second year. The event features dozens of up-and-coming designers and manufacturers of women’s and men's apparel, eyeglasses, watches, shoes, and much more. This unique event takes place on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at the Austin Convention Center and is free and open to the public. It will feature runway shows, panels and exhibiting designers selling their lines.http://sxsw.com/trade_shows/style_x
The 2012 SXSW Golf Tournament will take place at the Riverside Golf Club on Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00 p.m. (Shotgun Start). The format will be Four-Person “Texas” Scramble. This year it benefits The Folk Alliance. For more information, please call 901/522-1170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual SXSW Barbecue & Softball Tournament gets underway Sunday, March 18, at Monroe “Lefty” Krieg Fields. Player warm-up begins at noon, with the first game starting at 1:00 pm sharp. For those who prefer to socialize rather than exercise, there’s authentic Texas Barbecue with all the trimmings prepared by Ruby’s Barbecue (with all natural, free-range beef). Vegetarians need not despair though, Ruby’s does vegetarian options, also. It's a great opportunity for that last meet up while being thoroughly entertained by the antics on the playing field. This event is for SXSW Music and Platinum registrants only and is the perfect setting for that final one-on-one conversation.