2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Small Live Music Venues - Who Needs Them Anymore?

Saturday, March 19
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 17A
531 E 4th St


Across countries, all around the world, small live music venues have been the backbone of the live touring circuit for bands & local music fans for decades.

Now, venues are facing challenges from rising costs without rising revenues, artists touring less for the same reason & new residential neighbours bringing noise issues.

How do these changes affect established venues & artists at all levels, local communities that want a place to see live music & what is being done to keep the independent spirit alive?

We explore how venues are fighting back, how the industry & government should, could & is supporting them and be how artists feel about these venues in the past, present and future.

Hashtags: #sxsw #livemusic


Erin Benjamin at SXSW

Erin Benjamin

Exec Dir

Music Canada Live

In November of 2014, Ms Benjamin assumed the position of first-ever Executive Director of Music Canada Live after serving as the Canadian Arts Presenting Associations’ (CAPACOA) Executive Director ...

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Jason Mcneely


Hotel Vegas

Steve Lamacq

BBC Presenter


Sybil Bell at SXSW

Sybil Bell


Independent Venue Week

I Like The Sound Of That is a music marketing and experiential agency delivering meaningful brand partnerships and creative consultancy.

We also founded Independent Venue Week which ran for the...

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