Registration: SXSW Shiftboard

If you have not yet registered for access to our online scheduling system, please complete the following form.

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There are 2 different crew types of crews: Conference and Production. There is a big difference between the 2, as well as the perks available for each. Prospective volunteers will need to know which type of crew they would like to work on before beginning their registration.

Conference Volunteers are eligible to work on up to 3 of the 30+ different Conference Crews, which operate throughout the 10-day event. Description of Conference Crews can be found here. Conference Volunteers are responsible for scheduling their own shifts, and must commit to a minimum of 30 hours in order to volunteer. Perks are earned based on the number of hours worked.

Production Volunteers are eligible to work on only one of the Production Crews, which operate operate throughout the 10-day event. A list of Production Crews can be found here. Most Production Volunteers will work a minimum of 5 shifts during the event to earn perks. Stage, Street Team, Special Venues and Outdoor Stage Crews are required to work a minimum of 3 shifts due to limited shift availability and times. In addition, there are also limits on which perks can be earned on these crews.

* Please indicate your desired volunteer type:
* Indicate the desired perk you would like to earn. Please note the requirements for each perk. More detailed information about perks can be found on the volunteer website.
Refer to: Volunteer Website

Platinum Badges are reserved for returning volunteers. Returning volunteers that have never earned a Platinum Badge previously, and would like to do so in 2015, will need to have a Platinum Badge Nomination Form filled out by their prior year's crew chief or a staff member during the SXSW Volunteer Call. Platinum Badges may also be acquired on specialty crews, which require that volunteers possess a proven skill-set such as photography, videography or other technical skills and have demonstrated, or provided proof of such skill.

** With the exception of the Music Stage, Special Venues Crews, and Street Team, all Production Crews are required to work at least 5 shifts. Music Stage, Special Venues Crews, and Street Team are only required to work a minimum of 3 shifts for a Music Badge due to the limited availability of shifts and flexibility in schedule and are not eligible for Gold Badges. Platinum Badge requirements vary from crew to crew, so please see the Crew Descriptions Page <>; for each crew's Platinum Badge opportunities.

* NOTE: Production Volunteers are not eligible to earn SXSW Music
Wristband, Interactive or Film Badges.

* My primary contact number during the event is:
* Birthdate
* Are you interested in other events produced by SXSW?
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* T-Shirt Size

MS Office
Final Cut Pro
Adobe AfterEffects
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Video Production
Video Editing
Video Compression
Audio Encoding
CAD Software
35MM Film Revision
35MM Projection
Digital Projection
Public Speaking Skills
Marketing and Promotions
Event Planning
Creative Writing
Able to lift over 60 lbs.
Copy Editing
Played HS or College Softball/Baseball
Graphic Design or Production Art
Sign Making or Print Shop
Law Experience/Law School
Human Resources
Customer Service
Food/Beverage Operation/Service
Hotel Operations
Travel Planning
Interior Design
Own Professional HD Camera
Own Sound Recording Equipment
Own Editing Computer
Fluent Languages
Mandarin Chinese
Cantonese Chinese
Pig Latin
Other Language
If Other, list here:
If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your volunteering, please enter details here:
* Are you currently employed?
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Current Employer
Job Title
* Are you a student?
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What is your Major or area of study?
What is your highest level of education completed?

Emergency Contact
* Name of Emergency Contact
* Relationship to You
* Emergency Contact Phone Number
* Emergency Contact Alternate Phone Number

* How many years have you volunteered for SXSW?
* Do you wish to receive SXSW Volunteer updates via SMS? (SXSW is not responsible for messaging fees charged by your carrier)
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* I understand that I am responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses associated with my participation with SXSW.
* Do you reside outside of the greater Austin area? (Greater Austin includes the radius between Georgetown and San Marcos) If you answer
 Yes  No

Out of Town (OOT) Volunteer Information

Out of Town Volunteer Applications will be accepted starting on November 3, 2014 through January 5, 2015. Priority will be given to those who submit a complete application by the January 5th deadline. If you submit after the deadline, your application will be processed after the SXSW Volunteer Calls on a space available basis.

Applications must contain all required information, including local accommodations with a valid address, contact information and arrival/departure dates for Austin. Information will be verified. Incomplete applications will not be considered. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION WITHOUT COMPLETE INFORMATION. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LOG IN TO MAKE CHANGES ONCE SUBMITTED.

A limited number of special rate hotel rooms are available for volunteers through SXSW Housing. If interested, email for more information prior to finishing your registration.

All arrival dates must be on or before:

-No later than March 8 if you have shifts scheduled during SXSWedu.
-No later than March 12 if you're working during Film/IA.
-No later than March 16 if you're working on a production crew that operates ONLY during SXSW Music.

The Conference Crew Walk-thru on March 11 is optional for OOT Conference Volunteers. Please indicate if you will be attending. The Conference Crew Walk-thru is worth 6 hours of credit toward your perk if you are a Conference Volunteer. The Conference Crew Walk-thru hours DO NOT count toward Production perks.

Once your application has been accepted, you will receive further information regarding crew selection and sign-ups. For more in-depth OOT Volunteer information, visit the volunteer website.

As an OOT Volunteer, will you be attending the Conference Crew Walk-thru on March 11th?
 Yes  No
Local Austin address where you will be staying while volunteering.
Local phone number that you can be contacted while volunteering.
Arrival Date
Departure Date

Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability
* I am at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

If under the age of 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian consent to the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability. The signed Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability must be submitted via email, mail or in person to the SXSW Volunteer Department prior to participation in any SXSW event. The Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability can be obtained by emailing

* By typing my full name in this box, I acknowledge that I have read and understand this entire document, and I agree to be legally bound by it.
Refer to: Volunteer Release of Liability

SXSW Volunteer Agreement
* By clicking on this box, I confirm that I have read the SXSW Volunteer Policies & Guidelines and will abide by the expectations in the SXSW Volunteer Agreement. This agreement is not intended to be a legally binding contract between us and may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of either party. Neither of us intend any employment relationship to be created now or at any time in the future.
Refer to: Volunteer Agreement

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