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SXSW is seeking volunteers, city releases event permit application

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 6, 2014

Because a festival can’t run on Red Bull and Kind bars alone, SXSW is seeking volunteers for the 2014 festival. Volunteers use their hours to earn SXSW wristbands and badges. A wide variety of positions are available, many of which put volunteers in the vicinity of a mess of musicians, filmmakers and Internet celebs. Volunteering for the fest is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at one of Austin’s defining event. It can also be a lot of fun.

From the press release:

SXSW Week, March 7 - 16, 2014, is offering a multitude of volunteer opportunities. Jobs range from festival production to conference activities including registration, information, trade show, technical support, and much more. Day and night positions are available during the conference. Volunteers must be able to work a minimum of 30 hours or 3 shifts during the event, depending on their crew type.

Applications are available online and crew shift selections will take place at the Volunteer Call on Saturday, January 18, 2014 between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 28, 2014 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom ABC on the First Floor. If you are unable to attend the Volunteer Call or need any information about volunteering, please contact a SXSW Volunteer Coordinator at or 512/467-7979 as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit the SXSW Volunteer website


The City of Austin has released a new online comprehensive special event application to help monitor the myriad of parties that will swamp the city during SXSW season (and other busy times of the year, but mostly SXSW). More details on the new permit process are available here.