Music Festival, SXSW Pitch & More

SXSW 2023 | March 10-19 | Austin, TX

Calling all creatives! Initial participation opportunities for the 2023 SXSW Conference & Festivals are now open for Music Festival and SXSW Pitch.

This is your chance to be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world. Explore open application categories below with more information on important deadlines, eligibility requirements, and tips.

We’re just getting started so stay tuned to discover even more ways to participate this season including submission for the Film Festival and Innovation Awards opening on August 23.

Mark your calendars for August 2 when registration and housing officially open for the SXSW 2023 event in Austin, TX from March 10-19.

Open Applications

All deadlines end at 11:59pm PT

Ecocide Law: How 200 Words Might Save the Planet – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Michelle Edmunds


PanelPicker® is a two-step online process that gives our attendees a significant voice in Conference programming for SXSW and SXSW EDU. Session proposal formats include solo presentations, panels, workshops, and more across multiple Tracks of programming.

Community Voting takes place from August 9-21. Vote and comment on session proposals to help shape the 2023 Conference programming.

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Surfbort at Hotel Vegas – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Renee Dominguez

Music Festival Showcasing Artists

New, developing, and established Showcasing Artists enhance their careers by reaching new audiences at the SXSW Music Festival each year.

Official Showcasing Artists will perform live at one of the many iconic venues located in downtown Austin for industry reps, media members, and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from all over the world.

Early Deadline: August 12, 2022
Final Deadline: October 7, 2022

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Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice Technologies – SXSW Pitch 2022 – Photo by Isaiah Alonzo

SXSW Pitch

Pitch your innovative startup at the annual SXSW Pitch competition in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. Plus, be a part of product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world with the creative new ideas to change it.

Join the ranks of SXSW Pitch alumni with over 82% receiving funding and acquisitions in excess of $14.5 billion.

Early Deadline: September 9, 2022
Final Deadline: November 13, 2022

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Opening August 23

"Pretty Problem"s Q&A – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Kaitlyn Kilpatrick

Film Festival Submissions

SXSW provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic, or XR project.

Premiere your film in front of press, film industry, and film lovers at the SXSW Film Festival. Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the Film Festival is known for its high caliber and diverse program and its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Film submissions open on August 23.

XR Worlds – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Stephen Olker

Innovation Awards

The SXSW Innovation Awards recognize the most exciting, most promising and most inspiring new endeavors across 13 different categories. This competition highlights new projects that have been launched in the last 12 months from new or established companies.

Innovation Awards applications open on August 23.

Get Ready For SXSW 2023

Register and book your hotel for SXSW 2023 beginning on August 2.

While you await programming announcements for the SXSW 2023 season, relive exciting 2022 Keynotes, Featured Sessions, Film Festival red carpets, Music Festival showcases, and more on our official YouTube Channel.

Journey further back through SXSW Iconic Moments to watch even more exclusive content from the SX archives.

Keep up with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Photos (top): Ecocide Law: How 200 Words Might Save the Planet – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Michelle Edmunds; Surfbort at Hotel Vegas – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Renee Dominguez; Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice Technologies – SXSW Pitch 2022 – Photo by Isaiah Alonzo; Film Festival Pretty Problems Q&A – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Kaitlyn Kilpatrick; Attendees Using VR – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Stephen Olker; (Teaser) Mt. Joy at SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Daniel Regalado

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