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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.

6 Surprising Things You Probably Didn't Know About SXSW

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The SXSW Music Festival is a week of musical breakthroughs in the heart of Austin, TX. SXSW has been grown in quality, scope, and reputation every year since its launch in 1987 – with no sign of losing momentum anytime soon. With over 2,220 musical acts ranging from up-and-coming to legendary musicians, SXSW has hosted household names including Iggy Pop, Lady Gaga, and Dave Grohl.

Test your knowledge with these six surprising facts that you may not know about SXSW.

8 Reasons Why Every Band Should Play SXSW at Least Once

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Although it's over half a year away, you should already be thinking about the 2017 SXSW Music Festival and SXSW Conference. As one of the largest music festivals of the year (over 30,000 attendees last year!), it should be on your radar as either the first or the next big festival you play. Last year, all kinds of artists  from small indie acts to huge names like Erykah Badu  performed, gained massive media exposure, and made lasting connections in the industry. And the festival only plans on getting bigger, so this is the time to take advantage of the discounted early application price of $35 before it ends on September 9, 2016.

Not quite sure what the fest is all about? Here are the top eight reasons why every band should play SXSW at least once!

Learn How These 7 Hip-Hop Artists Earned Slots at the 2016 A3C Hip Hop Festival

Sonicbids artist Svn. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

For performers, getting the chance to take the stage in front of thousands of people, gaining exposure, and making invaluable connections is a lifelong dream. For hip-hop artists, that dream likely also includes a chance to showcase their skills at the A3C Hip Hop Festival & Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Since 2004, the festival has showcased over 1,500 artists, ranging from living legends to on-the-rise newcomers over five days. Past performers include J. Cole, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, DJ Premier, B.o.B, 2 Chainz, and over 130 Sonicbids artists. This year, the event will take place from October 5 through October 9, and A3C is booking at least 50 Sonicbids artists to take the stage.

Through the #ThisIsMyYear social media campaign, two artists every week have been voted onto the stage, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to introduce themselves to a throng of thousands at the biggest hip-hop event in the world.

Want your shot to join the veritable who's who of hip-hop elite? Take advantage of free submissions offered by A3C and Sonicbids before the price is raised to $50 on August 1, 2016.

Here are just seven of this year's winners of the #ThisIsMyYear campaign. Check out some of the social media tactics they used to help them gain votes and rise to the top!

SXSW 2017 Artist Applications Are Now Open! Here's How to Get on the Bill

Marina & the Diamonds performing at SXSW. (Photo by Ron Herrman)