SXSW Music Announces Panel Lineup

Forty-four day sessions, March 11-16

SXSW Music Announces Panel Lineup

More than five months away, and we’ve already got our talking points. South By Southwest announced its panel lineup for the conference’s Music component this morning. Grab your iPads, and dust off your tie-dyed shirts.

Forty-four panels run Tuesday, March 11, through Saturday, March 16, including a pair that focus on the Grateful Dead (Night of the Living Dead: the Grateful Dead & EDM and Stronger than a Seance: Resurrecting Jerry Garcia), and one scheduled to include founding band member Mickey Hart (Rhythm and the Brain).

Also present: Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, who’s been vocal about the creation of his All Def Digital YouTube network of late. He’ll be speaking on a panel called YouTube: New Breeding Ground for Music’s Future alongside Loud Records founder Steve Rifkind and two others.

YouTube’s a topic you’ll find in both panel titles and panel descriptions. The year’s seen the site become more and more of a player within the music industry, breaking careers like Psy and Baauer; entering into the music subscription service, as it’s rumored; and pushing its way into the formula for Billboard’s Hot 100 rankings. Thus, DIY Digital: A Guide to Organic Online Marketing, Internet Radio Is on Top Again, Why?, and Build the Perfect YouTube Presence with Channels have all reserved prime seating at SXSW.

Elsewhere, a panel on the role songwriters might play in enforcing America’s homeland security looks provocative, and we’re interested in the Rab Bakari-led talk on the future of African music, and this Upsetting Rock Stars panel on the history of British ‘zine culture.

Or maybe there’s something else. Panels have taken an unsexy back seat to day parties and unofficial shows happening in every corner of every establishment in every neighborhood around town. Yet panels reflect today’s music industry dialog and often demonstrate an intrigue equal to the music. Maybe Russell Simmons shows up, or maybe you play a part in Jerry Garcia’s unlikely resurrection.

Full rundown below, with full descriptions and panelist citings available through Considering the timing, word of a keynote speaker’s sure to show up soon.

SXSW 2014 Music Panels

Album Recording: When Do You Hire a Pro?

Artists' Role in Homeland Security

Back 2 School Special: Truth behind College Buying

Build the Perfect YouTube Presence with Channels

Can Music Libraries Pay Your Bills?

Crossing Over: Secrets of Performing Arts Centers

Converse Rubber Tracks: No Strings Attached

Direct to Fan: Showing the Love Brings the Love

DIY Digital: A Guide to Organic Online Marketing

Don't Let Your Music Become Anti-Social Media

From Art to Commerce & Artists to Entrepreneurs

Get Yourself Working With Music Houses on Ads Now

How Do Independent Content Creators Get Paid?

Human vs. Machine: The Music Curation Formula

Internet Radio Is On Top Again. Why?

Is Loyalty Dead in a Soul-Starved Industry?

It Takes a Village to Score a Show

James Williamson: From Riffs to Bits

Letting Your Fandoms Build Your Kingdoms

Local Approaches in the International Music Market

Love the Art, Fuck the Artist: The re-emerging artist rights movement?

Marketing/Branding in Live Music Business Today

Maximizing International Performance Royalties

Music Curation: The Balance of Man vs. Machine

Music Festivals: Advice From The Experts Part 2

Night of the Living Dead: The Grateful Dead + EDM

Packed With Electronic Beats: Africa's Next Music

Revolution Remix: Using Music To Start A Movement

Rhythm and the Brain

Still Can't Find Your Way Home?

Stronger Than A Seance: Resurrecting Jerry Garcia

Sync to Success: How to Get Placed & Get Paid

The 7 Hottest Topics in Web Music Tech in 2014

The Art of Punk

Death of Podcasting Has Been Exaggerated

The New EDM Fan

Transform a One Night Stand Into a Long Relationship

Upsetting Rock Stars: The Story Of A UK Indie Zine

Website Demolition Derby

Why Fans Can't Buy Good Seats

Writing for Music Libraries is Now Officially Cool

You Got Music, You Got Tech, Now Build Me Products

YouTube: New Breeding Ground for Music’s Future

Your Music. Their Video. Your Money

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