Win a FREE Performance during SXSW with Paid Travel and $5,000 Marketing Campaign!

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Media Matters Soundstage, we're booking 10 Subscribers to Perform for FREE with Paid Travel to Austin during SXSW!

Submit your music immediately to be considered!

Selected artists receive:

  • A 7-minute performance set to showcase your talent.
  • Roundtrip Flight plus TWO Nights Hotel Stay
  • $5,000 marketing campaign, including:
    • Magazine Features
    • Playlist Placements
    • Radio Interviews
    • Social Media Promotion
    • National Advertising Campaign

About the Event

Each year thousands of guests, including more than a hundred media outlets and Industry Professionals, attend this event to check out new talent and network. Performances on this stage have directly led to major bookings and media placements.


📰 Past Media Attendees Include 📰

  • AllHipHop
  • K100 Radio
  • Worldstar Hip Hop
  • Hype Magazine
  • Revolt
  • The Urban Suite SA
  • HipHopSince1987
  • Coalition DJs
  • Fox's The Four
  • Hip Hop Weekly
  • LUL Magazine
  • HipHopDX
  • And many more!


This opportunity is exclusively for Makin' It Subscribers.

The submission fee is only $50 per song with Full Mimbers Receiving ONE Free Submission each round.





Is this an Official SXSW Event?

Media Matters Soundstage is an independent event produced by Makin' It Magazine and is in no way affiliated with SXSW LLC. Attendees do not have to purchase a $1,000 SXSW Conference badge to attend this event.


Who can apply to perform at the Media Matters Soundstage?

The Soundstage is intended to be a showcase of the top talent from our site. So all artists must have an Active Subscription to submit.


What genres are you looking for?

This stage is open to all urban music genres, including Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Gospel, Afrobeats, etc. 


What does "Paid Travel" mean? Are meals included?

Paid travel includes roundtrip travel to Austin, Texas, and at least two nights of hotel stay for selected artists. Artists are responsible for their own meals and ground transportation while in Austin.


How and when will I know if I've been selected?

All artists selected to perform will be notified via email within four weeks of submission.