SXSW 2012 registrations open for attendees and showcases applicants

South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival is now open for business at SXSW, the world’s leading music industry event, marks the 26th edition by presenting this highly anticipated convergence of all things music. SXSW aims to educate and inspire participants by offering numerous industry events and countless networking opportunities. Daytime events at the Austin Convention Center flow into the world-renowned music festival, which showcases over 2000 acts from over 50 countries on stages throughout downtown Austin. Conference registrations, hotel requests, and music festival showcase applications are now being accepted. SXSW Music takes place Tuesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Registration for SXSW Music allows access to all daytime events at the Austin Convention Center including the keynote address, panels, interviews, workshops, mentor sessions, peer meetings, the SXSW Trade Show spanning the music, interactive and film industries, the Music Gear Expo, official SXSW day parties, and priority access into all SXSW nighttime showcases. The Music Accelerator returns this year with a competition in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges with product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world. In addition, registration will allow access to SXsocial, a great tool to aid in planning SXSW meetings and networking throughout the year. Click on to learn more and to register to attend.

SXSW Music is now accepting showcase applications for acts to perform at the 2012 music festival at . Apply now for the opportunity to perform for the well over 16,000 industry representatives including almost 3,000 media representatives and the thousands of fans in attendance. A showcasing act at SXSW has the unique opportunity to play in one of Austin’s many live music venues along with acts from all over the world. SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development including music legends such as Bob Geldof, Smokey Robinson, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Devo. Join the ranks of Mumford and Sons, Florence and The Machine, Robyn, The Strokes and so many more by gaining career changing exposure and publicity from the amazing mix of influential participants that attend SXSW every year.

Sonicbids is the exclusive online musical event submission platform of the 2012 SXSW Music Festival. To apply, go to All applications must be submitted no later than November 4, 2011. Application fees are $30 for early submissions, $40 for applications submitted after October 7, 2011.

For more information on every aspect of SXSW, please go to

SXSW Music Conference and Festival is sponsored by Sonicbids, Chevrolet, IFC, Brisk, Pepsi and The Austin Chronicle.