South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has launched its 2019 season with the opening of PanelPicker programming proposals, Film Festival submissions, and Music Showcasing Artist applications for next year’s event. SXSW will be held March 8-17, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
PanelPicker, an online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming conference activities through an open proposal and voting process, will accept proposals through Friday, July 20, 2018. Community voting begins Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 and continues through Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
Programming tracks that feature sessions from beginner to advanced-level include: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency; Brands & Marketing; Coding & Development; Design; Entrepreneurship & Startups; Future Workplace; Health & MedTech; Intelligent Future; Style & Retail; Tech Industry & Enterprise; Entertainment Influencers; Film & TV Industry; Making Film & Episodics; Making & Marketing Music; Music Industry & Culture; Touring & Live Experience; Cannabusiness; Cities, Government, & Politics; CLE; Experiential Storytelling; Food; Media & Journalism; Social & Global Impact; Sports; and VR/AR/MR.
The SXSW Music Festival is also accepting artist applications to showcase at the 2019 Music Festival. The application period closes on Oct. 25.
The SXSW Music Festival showcased 2,057 artists on 100 stages, featuring 569 international acts representing 66 countries. The 7-day SXSW official music showcase attendance totaled 161,000 at 2,729 total performances. Performers were selected from 6,678 applicants.
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