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Press Release

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact
Elizabeth Derczo 512/467-7979, ext. 209
or derczo@sxsw.com

South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference & Festival -
For Anyone Interested in Music

“...the industry event where buzz is born...” Newsday

Austin, Texas — February 17, 2003 — Every March the power and influence
of music is made evident in Austin, Texas. Thousands of performers,
business people and music lovers flock to Austin to experience that power
at the SXSW Music and Media Conference and Festival, Wednesday, March 12
through Sunday, March 16. Internationally-renowned industry professionals
anticipate the five days of informative panels, a multitude of musical
acts, trade show exhibits, and networking opportunities. SXSW music
venues will feature over 1000 musical performers and the conference will
present approximately 200 panelists who will enlighten participants on
their music and on the business of music.

The 2003 SXSW Music Conference will feature over 50 panel discussions,
interviews, demo listening sessions and workshops from Wednesday March 12
to Saturday March 15 at the Austin Convention Center. Highlights will
include: Daniel Lanois' keynote speech on Thursday, March 13 at 10:30
a.m. Lanois is speaking and performing in advance of his new record,
"Shine." SXSW Interviews this year feature Anthony Wilson (In The City
Conference, principal subject of "24 Hour Party People") on Friday and
Lyle Lovett on Saturday. Panel topics and panelists will include:
"Government and Media Ownership" with FCC Commissioner Jonathan
Adelstein, US Congressman Lloyd Doggett and others who will be addressing
efforts at the FCC and in Congress to tackle concerns of the
concentration of ownership in the concert and radio fields; "Label Heads
Sound Off" features Andy Gershon of V2, Lesley Bleakley of Beggars Group
and moderator David Adelson of E!; "How Are Record Labels Innovating?"
will discuss positive developments on the label front; "About A Mover:
Doug Sahm" with speakers Augie Meyers, Shawn Sahm and others remember the
life and times of the Texas music legend; and Wednesday's Crash Course
workshops and special panels will cover topics of interest to working
musicians and aspiring music professionals with plenty of time slotted
for audience questions. Rounding out the conference are Demo Listening
sessions that offer registrants a chance to see how music is reviewed and
reacted to by representatives from labels, venues, radio and the press;
and the Mentor Program offering registrants ten minute one-on-one
meetings with panelists and industry pros. For updated information on
panel topics, descriptions and speakers, access the SXSW website at
www.sxsw.com.

One of the biggest attractions in the Convention Center is the SXSW
Exhibition featuring international music organizations, record labels and
the hottest companies in new media. It provides a great resource where
registrants can meet with industry participants in a one-on-one
atmosphere creating an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and
broaden markets for both American and international bands and companies.
In addition to the exhibitor booths, there are two excellent
opportunities to sample the evenings musical offerings - The Acoustic
Daytime Stage presents acoustic sets from bands that will be playing at
the nighttime music festival and the Koss Showcasing Artist Listening
Kiosk features tapes and CDs from showcasing artists. Also in the
Exhibition is the ASCAP/Musicpro Showcasing Artist Lounge and the
E-mail/Web Center. A complete list of Exhibition participants including
the day stage performances is available on our website.

A featured attraction this year also in the Austin Convention Center is
Flatstock 2 presented by SXSW and the American Poster Institute (API) on
Friday, March 14 - Saturday, March 15. The poster show will feature over
70 poster artists and their concert posters encompassing the past four
decades. Attending artists include Arminski, EMEK, Factor 27, the
Firehouse, Hatch Show Print, Hess, Jagmo, Jermaine, Kozik, Mike King,
Kleinsmith, Kuhn, Narum, Jay Ryan, Scrojo, Jeff Wood and more.


But the centerpiece of this week of events is the music. The SXSW Music
Festival, which spans five nights, will present musical genres ranging
from hip-hop to alt country on over 50 stages in venues ranging from the
most intimate clubs to the always popular, free outdoor stage located at
Auditorium Shores. The music starts on Wednesday, March 12 and runs
through Sunday, March 16. A very small sampling of bands includes The
B-52's (Athens GA), Camper Van Beethoven (Santa Cruz CA), Cat Power
(Atlanta GA), Hot Hot Heat (Victoria BC), Joe Jackson Band (UK), Daniel
Lanois (Toronto ON), Mudhoney (Seattle WA), Willie Nelson & Family
(Pedernales TX), Kelly Osbourne (Los Angeles CA), The Polyphonic Spree
(Dallas TX), (Smog) (Chicago IL), Supergrass (Oxford UK), Lucinda
Williams (Los Angeles CA), Lee Ann Womack (Nashville TN), and Yo La Tengo
(Hoboken NJ). The outdoor shows, sponsored by HEB and KEYE-TV, take place
for three evenings, Thursday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15 at 60
pm at Auditorium Shores on Riverside Drive in downtown Austin. Saturday’s
line-up features Joe Jackson. For a complete list of bands, access our
website at www.sxsw.com.

Helping to kick off the SXSW Music Festival is the Twenty-first Annual
Austin Music Awards at the Austin Music Hall on Wednesday, March 12 at
7:55 p.m. sharp. Confirmed acts playing this year include: The
Improbable Return of Redneck Rock with Steve Fromholz, Rusty Wier, Ray
Wylie Hubbard, Ray Benson & Friends, Ruthie Foster, Chip Taylor & Carrie
Rodriguez, The Hole in the Wall Gang with Beaver Nelson, Troy Campbell,
Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Jane Bond, Tony Scalzo, Miles Zuniga, Darin Murphy,
Ted Roddy, Andrew Duplantis, Matt Hubbard, and Paul Minor and more.
Registration badges and wristbands for SXSW include admission to the
Austin Music Awards. The Awards are presented by The Austin Chronicle
and sponsored by 107.1 KGSR and 101X KROX radio stations and benefit the
SIMS Foundation.

A year long benefit to being a SXSW Registrant is the SXSW.COM Online
Registrants’ directory, a searchable listing of music industry
professionals attending SXSW. Also available online to registrants are
mp3s and streaming audio of hundreds of acts performing in the music
festival. Before stepping on the plane, participants will have an
excellent idea of what is in store and a reminder afterwards of what they
heard.

SXSW Music walk-up registration fee is $525. A Platinum pass which
includes access to all three SXSW conferences - Music, Film and
Interactive is $775. Pre-registration prices started at $325 and $475,
respectively, for those who were willing to sign up early.

South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, in its seventeenth year,
is sponsored by Jim Beam, Miller Lite, The Austin Chronicle and KLBJ-FM.

SXSW Music Conference is co-sponsored by a network of 37 regional arts
and entertainment magazines from across the United States and Canada.
SXSW 2003 welcomes Baltimore Citypaper (Baltimore. MD), Black & White
(Birmingham, AL), Boston Phoenix (Boston, MA), City Pages (Minneapolis,
MN), Cleveland Scene (Cleveland, OH), Dallas Observer (Dallas, TX), East
Bay Express (Emeryville, CA), Flagpole (Athens, GA), FW Weekly (Ft.
Worth, TX), Good Times Magazine (Long Island, NY), Houston Press
(Houston, TX), Independent Weekly (Durham, NC), Little Village (Iowa
City, IA), Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Miami New Times (Miami, FL),
Nashville Scene (Nashville, TN), New Times - Broward-Palm Beach ( Ft.
Lauderdale, FL), Nightflying Publications (Little Rock, AR), NOW Magazine
(Toronto, Canada), OC Weekly (Costa Mesa, CA), Offbeat Publications (New
Orleans, LA), Omaha Weekly (Omaha, NB), Orlando Weekly (Orlando, FL),
Pasadena Weekly (Pasadena, CA), Phoenix New Times (Phoenix, AZ), Pitch
Weekly (Kansas City, MO), Riverfront Times (St. Louis, MO), Salt Lake
City Weekly (Salt Lake City, UT), San Antonio Current (San Antonio, TX),
San Diego City Beat (San Diego, CA), Seattle Weekly (Seattle, WA), SF
Weekly (San Francisco, CA), Shepherd Express (Milwaukee, WI), Tucson
Weekly (Tucson, AZ), Ventura County Reporter (Ventura, CA), Weekly Alibi
(Albuquerque, NM), and Westword (Denver, CO). SXSW co-sponsors provide
support for promotional activities and musical events in connection with
the conference.

The thirteenth annual SXSW Invitational Golf Tournament will take place
at Lions Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday, March 12 at 120 p.m
(Shotgun Start). The format will be Four-Person “Texas” Scramble. This
year it benefits the Medicino Project. For more information, call
512/323-2773 or email sxswgolf@aol.con. The golf tournament is sponsored
by SXSW and ASCAP.

The 17th annual SXSW Softball Tournament sponsored by Talentmatch.com
gets underway Sunday, March 16, at Monroe “Lefty” Krieg Fields. Player
warm-up begins at noon, with the first game starting at 10 pm sharp.
For those of you whose idea of sports begins and ends with a brisk sprint
to the refrigerator, there’s the SXSW Barbecue, an authentic Texas spread
with the trimmings, prepared by Ruby's Barbeque, but vegetarians need not
despair, Ruby's has incredible vegetarian food also! This event is for
SXSW registrants only.

For more information, contact SXSW by email at sxsw@sxsw.com or call
512/467-7979.

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EDITORS NOTE: Media registration for SXSW Music is now open - contact
Elizabeth Derczo at 512/467-7979 or email to: derczo@sxsw.com to request
press credentials. Press credential requests must be submitted by Friday,
February 21, 2003. Walk-up requests for press credentials will not be
granted.
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