Out-of-Town SXSW Volunteer Registration

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There are 2 different volunteer types and crews: All Conference and Music Festival.

Prospective volunteers should know which type of volunteer, All Conference or Music Festival, they would like to sign-up for before beginning their registration. Each volunteer type has different tasks, operating times and   perks. For more information about All Conference and Music Festival Volunteers, visit the SXSW Volunteer website.

All-Conference Volunteers are eligible to work on up to 2 of the 50+ All Conference Crews, which operate throughout SXSWedu and the 10­ days of SXSW. Descriptions of All Conference Crews can be found here. All-Conference Volunteers are responsible for scheduling their own hours with crew managers, and must commit to a minimum of 24 hours. All Conference Volunteers are eligible for Volunteer Film, Interactive, Music, and Platinum Badges. Perks are earned based on the number of hours worked.


Music Festival Volunteers are eligible to work on ONE of the Music Festival Crews, which operate only during the days and nights of the SXSW Music Festival, March 13­ - 19. Most Music Festival Volunteers MUST be age 21+. A list of Music Festival Crews can be found here. Music Festival Volunteers must work a minimum of 24 hours, and are eligible for Volunteer Music and Platinum Badges at a reduced hours requirement. Perks are earned based on the number of hours worked.


* 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

*Volunteer Platinum Badges are reserved for returning volunteers. Returning volunteers that have never earned a Volunteer Platinum Badge and would like to do so in 2017, will need to have a Platinum Badge Nomination Form completed by their prior year's crew manager, or a staff member. Platinum Nomination Forms will be available at the volunteer calls. Out-of-Town Volunteers can contact an Event Staffing & Resources staff member (volunteer@sxsw.com) to assist with their nomination.


* 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 the 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)
 Yes  No
* I understand that I am responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses associated with my participation with SXSW.

Out of Town (OOT) Volunteer Information

Early OOT Volunteer Applications will be accepted starting on November 8, 2016 through January 6, 2017. Priority will be given to those who submit their application by the January 6, 2017 deadline. Applications not received by the early deadline will be processed after the SXSW Volunteer Calls. Many crews will fill during the calls. Submit by the early deadline to ensure the best opportunity for a spot on your desired crews.


OOT Volunteer who submit an application will receive an email with crew contact information on the following dates:


Early Deadline: January 11, 2017
Post Deadline: 2nd Week of February, 2017


OOT Volunteers are responsible for contacting crew managers via email to create a schedule. OOT Volunteers must arrange to arrive in Austin before their first shift with enough time to check-in with Volunteer Central at the Austin Convention Center, receive credentials, and volunteer t-shirts prior to the start of the first shift . Please take note that your perk is available prior to the completion of the hours requirement. Arrive in Austin with plenty of time to enjoy your badge! 


A limited number of special rate hotel rooms are available for volunteers through SXSW Housing. If interested, email volunteer@sxsw.com for more information.


For more in-depth OOT Volunteer information, visit the volunteer website.

All out of town volunteers must provide valid local address information.

Registrations will not be approved with invalid information.

* Where will you be staying while in Austin?
* Local Austin address where you will be staying while volunteering.
* Local Zip Code
* Phone number where 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 Event Staffing & Resources Department prior to participation in any SXSW event. The Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability can be obtained by emailing volunteer@sxsw.com.

* 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.

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.

Thank you for your interest!

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