Music showcase submissions open on Wednesday, 18 January 2023. Visit the Music Festival Showcase submission page for more information and to apply.
Additional Details: If selected to showcase, artists and/or members of performing acts will receive SXSW Sydney 2023 Artist Accreditation. Artist Accreditation grants access to official SXSW Sydney music showcases, conference programming, parties, artist specific activations, networking opportunities and more (unless otherwise noted). Some acts may be scheduled for more than one official showcase. Foreign, non-Australian performers are responsible for securing their own visas for entry into Australia.
Invited artists do not need to purchase a SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Badge to apply for or to perform at a SXSW Sydney 2023 showcase. Artists who are not selected to perform will be able to purchase SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Badges at the lowest available rate after notification of status, if they choose to do so. There are no refunds if you purchase a registration at a higher rate or decide not to attend if you are not offered a showcase.
The person listed as Primary Contact in your SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival Showcase submission should be authorised to respond on behalf of the act applying and frequently checks their email. Notifications from SXSW Sydney will be sent to the Primary Contact email address and will require timely responses.
You will receive a confirmation email from SXSW Sydney within 24 hours of submission to let you know that your submission has been received. If you do not receive notification within 24 hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your submission has been received and is under consideration.
To keep important SXSW Sydney emails from landing in your spam folder, add the following address to your contact list: email@example.com.
The SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival programming team listens to and evaluates artist submissions according to originality, technical ability, song-writing skills, career establishment, export readiness and overall artistry. Every submission is reviewed and evaluated by multiple parties, then invitations are extended to those selected to perform. As SXSW Sydney anticipates a large number of submissions, it is unfortunately not possible to invite and accommodate every great act who applies.
For the inaugural event, SXSW Sydney will offer showcasing artists the choice of an Artist Wristband for each performing member of the artist and its management representative (limited to one manager per artist) or a one-off payment of AUD$350 (regardless of how many showcases it performs). The Artist Wristband provides access to the SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival and Conference as well as the Young Henrys Artist Lounge.
An administration fee of AUD$55 per artist submission applies.
The SXSW Sydney Artist accreditation provides you with the opportunity to make the most of SXSW Sydney 2023 by providing the same access as a Music badge as well as access to the offical SXSW Sydney 2023 artists lounge.
Enjoy primary access to:
- Conference Keynotes
- Conference Panels and Featured Sessions
- SXSW Sydney Tech & Innovation Expo
- Music Festival Shows and Events
- Music Industry Workshops and Mentor Sessions
- Music Industry Meet-ups, Networking Events and Parties
- Music Industry Showcases, Launches and Exclusive Events
And secondary access to all other activities across the week, including:
- Tech Industry Meet-ups, Networking Events and Parties
- Tech Industry Showcases, Launches and Exclusive Events
- Startup Pitch
- Games Ex
- Games Festival
- Games Industry Meet-ups, Networking Events and Parties
- Games Industry Showcases, Launches and Exclusive Events
- Screen Festival Screenings and Events
- Screen Festival Exclusive Premieres
- Screen Industry Meet-ups, Networking Events and Parties
- Screen Industry Showcases, Launches and Exclusive Events
Opportunities for performers do not stop at showcases. The SXSW Sydney Conference offers informative panels, mentor sessions, artist and industry leader interviews, attendee lounges and parties, endless opportunities to network, and more. As a Music Festival Showcase applicant, if you are not offered a showcase, you can purchase a SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Badge at the lowest rate and access the many benefits of SXSW Sydney 2023. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
We recommend booking your hotel rooms as soon as you receive your acceptance. Making your hotel arrangements early will allow you the most hotel selections.
A submission is a request to be considered for an official showcase performance slot at the SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival. A SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Badge is a credential that allows the holder to attend SXSW Sydney 2023 events. Artists do not need to purchase a SXSW Sydney badge to make a showcase application. All applying artists, whether accepted to showcase or not, will be able to buy a SXSW Sydney badge to attend SXSW Sydney 2023 at the lowest rate after notification of status, if they choose to do so. If you buy a badge at a higher rate or decide not to attend if you are not offered a showcase, refunds are not available.
An administration fee of $55 per submission applies.