What's New

Welcome to the new 2017 Volunteer Website! Take a look around to learn more about exciting volunteer opportunities available during SXSW 2017. The site is always updating with the latest volunteer news and information, so visit often!

What's New

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About the SXSW Volunteer Program


Hello SXSW 2017 Volunteers! We’re excited to announce some really awesome updates to our program, and SXSW!

New SXSW Badge structure = new perks for SXSW Volunteers

New training formats offered

Online SXSW Volunteer Survival Guide

New volunteer events throughout the year

And, more!

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of SXSW 2017. Volunteer, earn perks, attend SXSW and have fun!

SXSW 2017 Volunteer Registration is OPEN! Head over to the Register page to sign-up!


The SXSW Volunteer Program mobilizes an army of global volunteers and resources to drive SXSW, its registrants, staff and the Austin community. Our goal is to enhance the volunteer experience from start to finish, so that we continue to offer the best opportunity to contribute to the fun and success of SXSW Conferences + Festivals.

More than 3500 volunteers contribute hours of their time each year to SXSW. Our Volunteers are the faces of SXSW, working in and around the Austin Convention Center or other SXSW official venues; often the first to greet our out-of-town registrants.

If you are interested in signing up, be sure to read through the entire website and then head over to the Register page to get all of the details.


There are 2 different types of crews: All-Conference and Music Festival Volunteers. Prospective volunteers should know which type of crew they would like to work on before beginning their registration.

All-Conference Volunteers can schedule hours anytime throughout the 10 days of the SXSWeek, March 10-19, 2017, and volunteer on up to 2 crews. Some All-Conference Crews will exclusive require volunteers to work their entire schedule with their crew. When available, returning All Conference Volunteers may work some of their hours during SXSWedu, March 6-9. All-Conference Volunteers work hours toward a perk of their choice. Click here for more information about working as a All-Conference Volunteer.

Music Festival Volunteers volunteer on ONE crew during the nights of the SXSW Music Festival, March 14-19. Most Music Festival Volunteers must be age 21+. Music Festival Volunteers earn their perks based on the number of hours worked. Click here for more information about working as a Music Festival Volunteer.