Beginner's Guide to Festival Booking in Central Texas


Playing festivals can be one of the easiest ways to increase your band's exposure and fan base. Many festivals are turning to local talent to enhance their lineups and improve their reputations for new music discovery. If you are represented by a record label or talent agent, submissions to regional and national festivals may be included in your contract. If you do not have an agent or label, the submission process can be overwhelming and confusing. The list below is intended to be a starting point for your festival submission list. There are many more local, regional, and national festivals and this list is in no way comprehensive. This is a good starting point for musicians and bands in the central Texas area. (Joey does not endorse, nor is he sponsored by, any of these services or festivals.)

SonicBids - ($6.99/month)

Sonicbids is a great place to start promoting your music. They are the exclusive booking partner of South by Southwest, which launches thousands of music careers each year. (More about SXSW later.) Sonicbids provides a listing of avaliable gigs and connections with local promoters all over the country for a $7 monthly fee. Many large brands have partnered with Sonicbids to find new talent for their media campaigns.

South by Southwest (SXSW)
March 11 - 16, 2014

Registration to showcase is avaliable via Sonicbids. The registration fee is $33 if you register before September 6, 2013. After September 6, registration is $45. Registration closes on October 11, 2013.

Austin City Limits Festival
October 4-6 & 11-13, 2013

Booking is done through C3 Presents

Kerrville Folk Festival
May 23 - June 9, 2013 & August 30 - September 1, 2013

Dalis Allen Festival Producer (

Old Settler's Music Fest
Old Settler’s Music Festival
Booking Department
PO Box 151947
Austin, Texas 78715

Utopia Fest
September 19-21, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 8-10, 2013
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SDNY Court Says Music Downloads Cannot Be Resold


It is a common problem we all face at some point. You stumble across a song or album in your music library and think, "Why did I buy this? There is no way I will ever listen to this again." If the music is in a physical format, such as a CD or vinyl record, the solution is very simple: take it to your local resale shop and walk away with a little extra cash in your pocket.

This practice is legal thanks to the first-sale doctrine, which was established by the Supreme Court in 1908 in Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus and codified in the Copyright Act of 1976. The first-sale doctrine allows a person who has obtained a copyrighted work, such as a CD, by legitimate means to dispose of the copyrighted work. This happens every day at your local book, music, and movie resale shops.

But what happens if you want to get rid of a digital copy of that embarrassing pop album? You can simply delete it, but that seems like a waste. Why not resell it? Isn't it just like a CD? A Southern District of New York court provided the answer this week in Capitol Records v Redigi: No, at least not in the manner Redigi provided to users.

Redigi lost its most recent appeal after being accused of copyright infringement by Capitol Records. Redigi allows users to sell strictly digital music to others on the internet. While the startup tries to keep traders honest by forcing them delete originals after a resale, the process, because of its digital nature, still involves making a copy of the track without Capitol's permission, according to the court. There is no indication what damages Redigi may have to pay, but there is enough legal precedent in the case that it is doubtful others will follow in Redigi's footsteps.

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