SXSW – Music Festival Programmer (US)

SXSW is in search of an all-star Music Programmer for its Music Festival programming team based in Austin, Texas.

This role will coordinate with artists, booking agents and showcase presenters to help build a diverse and compelling multi-genre lineup of emerging and established international talent for SXSW 2019 and beyond.

The ideal candidate is an open-minded, 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 & Duties:

  • Review and grade a high volume of artist showcase applications
  • Coordinate and collaborate with showcase presenters and partners to build lineups which meet SXSW objectives
  • Identify relevant potential showcase partners, including record labels, media outlets, brands, etc.
  • Assist showcase presenters and artists with navigation of SXSW policies including third party sponsorships, unique onsite requests, performance allowances, etc.
  • Liaise with other departments to coordinate tasks that impact the Music Festival

Knowledge & Experience:

5+ years of music industry experience required

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated success in music programming via some combination of talent buying, tour booking, artist management or other means
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to participate successfully in a team environment
  • Strong contact database of high-level music industry professionals
  • Proven ability to build and maintain client relations

Additional/Preferred Skills:

  • Multilingual is preferred, but not required

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • No direct reports

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Light to moderate lifting is required
  • Ability to uphold the pressure of a fast-paced work environment
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required
  • Remote work is not available for this role.


SXSW is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal, State and Local employment laws, including ADA.

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