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How to Get Selected as an Artist for SXSW 2017 (Last Chance to Apply!)

As the artist application deadline approaches in just a few days, there’s not much time left to apply for the 2017 SXSW Music Festival. As the music festival’s exclusive application platform for the tenth year in a row, Sonicbids has brought thousands of artists to Austin, including Royal Teeth, San Cisco, and Wild Cub. Last year, over 2,200 acts showcased for over 30,000 industry professionals, including almost 3,000 media representative and thousands of fans.

Do you know what it takes to get selected as a showcasing artist for SXSW 2017? Below are three tips from the experts.

Performing, Honing Your Craft

Oct 30, 2015 08:00 AM

Lisa Occhino

How to Rock a Small, Intimate Show: 12 Pro Tips From Sofar Sounds City Leaders

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Have you ever looked out into the crowd while you’re performing a song that you’ve poured your heart and soul into, and realize that half the people are looking down at their phones or having side conversations? It’s certainly an accomplishment to get booked for an acoustic set in a popular coffee shop or to get your band on the bill at a hip bar on a Friday night, but it can be a serious struggle to find performance environments that don’t come with loads of distractions from your music.

Last Chance: Win $25K in the International Songwriting Competition!

Kimbra and Gotye are both previous winners of the International Songwriting Competition. Could you be next? (via the Herald Sun)

The deadline is fast approaching for the International Songwriting Competition – and with over $150,000 in cash and prizes for 68 winners, this isn't a contest you're going to want to sit out of!

What Does It Take to Play SXSW? The Kickback’s Journey to the Fest

The Kickback (Photo by David Burlacu)

You already know that having a SXSW showcase on your resume is pretty much essential if you want your band to be taken with any level of seriousness, but what does it actually take to get there? Not just the application process, but what does a band’s actual journey to the festival look like?

Why You Should Enter the International Songwriting Competition

Did you know that Kimbra won the ISC grand prize through Sonicbids back in 2011? (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Whether you’re an aspiring songwriter or an established one, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is known to be one of the most high-caliber competitions the music industry has to offer. Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, the ISC offers the opportunity to have your songs heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.