SXSW – Music Festival Programmer (US)

Job purpose: SXSW seeks a Music Festival Programmer with a broad multi-genre programming focus.

The ideal candidate is an open-minded, self-motivated, collaborative individual with a music industry background, comprehensive knowledge of music/genres, and an enthusiasm for identifying new talent and trends in music. Strong communication skills, close attention to detail, and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment are required for this position.


Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:

  • Scout and identify talent
  • Grade and evaluate artist applications
  • Evaluate viability of showcase presenter proposals
  • Curate and program a diverse range of musical styles
  • Solicit applications from artists; solicit showcase proposals from music companies, media outlets, government agencies, and others globally
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with companies associated with the music industry
  • Stay current on global music industry trends and technologies, rising artists, artist developments, new signings, tours, reunions, etc.
  • Facilitate and maintain communication with Stage Managers and Production Managers both leading up to the event and onsite (knowledge of live production a plus)
  • Source and document post-event feedback from agents, managers, presenters, and artists after the festival

On Site Responsibilities:

  • Work shifts with a variety of departments to support overall event staffing needs
  • Frequently visit showcases to ensure that shows run smoothly
  • Troubleshooting problems at all stages of the production process

  • Ability to work under substantial pressure, especially on-site
  • Knowledge of musical genres and artists, as well as broader pop culture context
  • Strong attention to detail, and communication skills
  • Experience working in event planning, production, and/or music industry preferred
  • Solid contact database of music industry professionals
  • Proficiency with common business and communication software (Microsoft Office Suite) and apps (Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Filemaker)

Physical requirements

Frequently required to sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Manual dexterity is required for keyboard and computer use. This position requires you to stay upwards of 7 consecutive days away from home.

Work Location & Schedule:

SXSW office is located in Austin, Texas. Core business office hours are Mon-Fri, 10am – 6pm. Must be available to work additional hours from January – March to include evenings and weekends. Hybrid remote/in office work available.

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