Sixth Street is crowded with people at SXSW on Friday March 20, 2015. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

It’s that time of year again, when promoters put out calls for artists to kick in cash to play their “SXSW” showcase.

This one popped up today:

Hey guys! You can buy a 4 min. "SXSW" set for $250 BEFORE THE MUSIC FESTIVAL STARTS. #SXSWfraud cc:@sxsw

— D. Sengupta Stith (@deborific) January 28, 2016

The promoter clarified:

@deborific this is an event before the festival begins…

— Powered by RMF (@ThaRealJayHolla) January 28, 2016

@deborific our direct communication with artists clearly advises of time and place of the event

— Powered by RMF (@ThaRealJayHolla) January 28, 2016

But that didn’t change the fact that this was the signup sheet.

We asked SXSW representatives about the event and they said they will investigate. They also directed us to this page on SXSW Pay-to-Play scams.

“SXSW never charges our artists to perform at an official showcase; we operate on a strict invitation-only policy. We do not condone these solicitations in any way, and are actively doing everything we can to protect artists from becoming victims of these “pay-to-play” scams.

“Please be wary of anyone who may approach you with an offer which charges you money to perform or audition. If you are approached now through the event, even if it appears to come from a legitimate SXSW representative, please don’t allow yourself to become a victim. SXSW’s application process is closed and SXSW will not ask you to pay-to-play at the festival.”

If you see any SXSW pay-to-play scams, you can report them to and the festival will look into them.