Volunteer Information & Badges

SXSW offers three crew types: All-Conference, All-Conference Exclusive, and Music Venue. Read below to learn about the different types of crew and the badges you can earn for each type.


Volunteer Information & Badges

Dylan Johnson

 

ALL-CONFERENCE (AC)

All-Conference Volunteers may schedule hours on up to two crews. With more than 30 crews to choose from, this crew type allows for the most flexible option to build a volunteer schedule. All-Conference Volunteers are engaged at all hours around the Austin Convention Center and other official SXSW venues throughout SXSW EDU and SXSW. Volunteers with an All-Conference schedule are eligible for SXSW EDU Badge or a Volunteer Interactive, Film, Music, or Platinum* Badge. Crew trainings are either online or in-person. Check crew descriptions for more details.

ALL-CONFERENCE EXCLUSIVE (ACE)

All-Conference Exclusive Crews operate exactly the same as All-Conference Crews, however these crews ask that volunteers schedule all their hours with one crew. All-Conference Exclusive Crews offer enough hours to build an entire schedule to earn your desired badge. Crew trainings are either online or in-person. Check crew descriptions for more details.

MUSIC VENUE (MV)

Music Venue Crews only operate during the days and nights of the SXSW Music Festival, therefore the time requirement needed to earn a badge is less than All-Conference Crews.

Volunteers will schedule all their hours on one crew. Volunteers with a Music Venue schedule are eligible for SXSW Volunteer Music or Platinum* Badge. Trainings are either online or in-person. Check crew descriptions for more details.

Platinum Badges are traditionally reserved for returning volunteers. A Platinum Nomination must be on file for volunteers earning a Volunteer Platinum Badge for the first time. Email volunteer@sxsw.com for more information.

Volunteer Requirements:

All-Conference All-Conference Exclusive Music Venue
Min. Age Most crews are 16+ (under 18 with legal guardian permission). Due to venue restrictions some crews are 21+ Most crews are 16+ (under 18 with legal guardian permission). Due to venue restrictions some crews are 21+ 21+ (except Outdoor Stage and Artist Parking Ops, 18+)
Time Commitment 24-64+ hours 24-64+ hours 24-32+ hours
Available Volunteer Badges
  • SXSW EDU Badge (24+ hours)
  • Volunteer Interactive Badge (48+ hours)
  • Volunteer Film Badge (48+ hours)
  • Volunteer Music Badge (48+ hours)
  • Volunteer Platinum Badge (64+ hours)
  • SXSW EDU Badge (24+ hours)
  • Volunteer Interactive Badge (48+ hours)
  • Volunteer Film Badge (48+ hours)
  • Volunteer Music Badge (48+ hours)
  • Volunteer Platinum Badge (64+ hours)
  • Volunteer Music Badge (24+ hours)
  • Volunteer Platinum Badge (32+ hours)
  • Required Training
    • Video + quiz
    • Group Training Session as needed (see crews)
    • Video + quiz
    • Group Training Session as needed (see crews)
    • Video + quiz
    • Venue Walk-through
    • Group Training Session as needed (see crews)
    Dates March 7-22 March 8-22 March 16-22
    Blue = Primary Access
    Green = Secondary Access
    Interactive Film Music Platinum
    Interactive Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
    Interactive Festival Opening Party
    Film Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
    Film Mentor Sessions, Round Tables, Workshops & Parties
    Film Festival Screenings & Events
    Film Festival Exclusive Premieres
    Music Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
    Music Festival Showcases & Events
    Music Festival Exclusive Showcases
    Convergence Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
    Comedy Festival Showcases & Events
    Trade Show & Exhibitions
    Closing BBQ & Softball Tournament
    SXSW Festival Shuttles

    Volunteers wishing to earn a SXSW EDU Badge and a SXSW Volunteer Badge must schedule enough hours for both badge requirements.

    Volunteer badges have access to most events and areas that SXSW produces, with a few exceptions. Access to SXSW Social, SXXpress, and the Registrant’s Lounge is not permitted. These badge features are reserved for our Registrants and Volunteer Crew Managers and Stage Managers. In addition, some sponsors or clients, at their discretion, may restrict access to their events.

    ALL BADGES RECEIVE ACCESS TO:
    SXSW Gaming Expo, Flatstock Poster Show, SXSW Marketplace, Startup Spotlight, SXSW Wellness Expo, SXSW Community Service Awards, and SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake concerts.

    SXSW Volunteer Badges DO NOT have access to SXXpress Passes.

    SXSW Materials: Big bag, pocket guides.