Out of Town News & Information

SXSW welcomes Out of Town (OOT) Volunteers from around the globe. Your sign-up process will be different than a local volunteer. If you live outside of the radius surrounding the Greater Austin Area (Killeen to San Antonio/70-mile radius of Austin), you are an OOT Volunteer. You may also choose to be an OOT Volunteer if you must drive more than 30 miles to the Austin Convention Center.

As an OOT Volunteer, you will not be required to attend the SXSW Volunteer Calls, or crew pre-event meetings. Crew contact information will be emailed to OOT Volunteers on January 11, 2016 if a completed registration has been submitted. It is the volunteers responsibility to contact crews and build a schedule via email. Pre-event training materials will be available online closer to the event.

Volunteers who live on the outskirts of the OOT Volunteer radius are asked to consider finding accommodations closer to the Austin area. Your safety is our FIRST priority. Volunteer shifts and SXSW events can run late into the night. Fatigue and other factors can lead to unsafe travel conditions, so we ask that all volunteers take into consideration your travel requirements before choosing to volunteer.

Be sure to fill out the OOT Registration Form (not the Local Registration Form) when signing-up online.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age*
  • Work a minimum of 24 hours on an All-Conference Crew or Music Festival Crew
  • OOT Volunteers must arrive in Austin in time to check-in with Volunteer Central and arrive at their first shift on time.
  • Have a valid email address (no sharing of email addresses, please)
  • Responsible for working with SXSW Crew Managers or Staff to create your own schedule
  • Agree to the Volunteer Release & Waiver of Liability
  • Acknowledge and adhere to the Volunteer Policies and Guidelines

*Applicants under the age of 18 will need consent from a parent or guardian to volunteer. Some crews will require additional age requirements. Check the OOT Crew Descriptions for more detailed information.

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