Out of Town Volunteer

SXSW welcomes Out of Town (OOT) Volunteers from around the globe. Your sign-up process will be different than a local volunteer.

Out of Town Volunteer

Photo by Nicole Burton

About OOT Volunteering


If you live outside of the radius surrounding the Greater Austin Area (Killeen to San Antonio/70-mile radius of Austin) and do not plan to attend in-person training or volunteer calls, you are an OOT Volunteer. Volunteers who live more than 30 miles from the Austin Convention Center may also choose to be an OOT Volunteer and follow the OOT guidelines for signing up.

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.

As an OOT Volunteer, you will not be required to attend the SXSW Volunteer Calls, or in-person crew trainings and venue walkthroughs. However, the online volunteer training video and quiz must be completed before checking in for your first shift. View OOT Volunteer Requirements below.

OOT Volunteers who submit their registrations by the early OOT Deadline, January 5, 2018, will receive crew contact information via email on January 10, 2018 for those crews that accept OOT Volunteers. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to contact crew managers to build a schedule.

OOT Volunteer registrations received after the deadline will be sent available crew information In early February.

OOT Volunteer Requirements

  • Provide a valid, local address for accommodations during SXSW if living outside of the 70 mile radius of Austin, or 30 miles if choosing to be an OOT Volunteer instead of local
  • Must be at least 16 years of age*
  • Work a minimum of 24 hours on an All Conference Crew or Music Venue Crew
  • Have a valid email address (no sharing of email addresses, please)
  • Correspond with SXSW Crew Managers or Staff via email to create your schedule
  • View and complete the online volunteer training video and quiz
  • Agree to the Volunteer Release & Waiver of Liability
  • Acknowledge and adhere to the Volunteer Policies and Guidelines
  • Arrive in Austin in time to check in with Volunteer Central at the Austin Convention Center and begin your first shift on time

*Music Venue Volunteers must be at 21+, or 18+ if working on the Outdoor Stage Crew

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