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 27th edition by presenting compelling daytime programming and stellar night time showcases. SXSW aims to educate and inspire participants by offering numerous industry events and countless networking opportunities. By day, conference registrants do business in the Austin Convention Center. At night, registrants descend on Austin's music venues as SXSW presents the world-renowned music festival showcasing over 2000 acts from 50 countries. Conference registrations, hotel requests, and music festival showcase applications are now being accepted. SXSW Music takes place Tuesday, March 12 through Sunday, March 17, 2013 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, 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 night time showcases. New this year, on Tuesday, March 12 SXSW Music offers a track of convergent panel topics highlighting the increasing connection between music, interactive technologies and film. The Music Accelerator returns this year with a competition in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges with music-related product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world. Registration also allows 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 2013 music festival at Apply now for the opportunity to perform for the 19,000 industry representatives including over 3,200 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 Bruce Springsteen, Bob Geldof, Smokey Robinson, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Jimmy Cliff. Join the ranks of Alabama Shakes, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Robyn, 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 2013 SXSW Music Festival. To apply, go to All applications must be submitted no later than November 7, 2012. Application fees are $30 for early submissions, $40 for applications submitted after October 5, 2012.