What is Level?
Level is a new distribution platform for independent musicians. We began Level Open Sessions in Austin, TX and followed up with Open Sessions: New York City. Open Sessions is designed to pair up-and-coming independent musicians with a best-in-class creative team in a physical space to create together, for free.
When and where are the Open Sessions?
Level Open Sessions: SXSW 2019 will take place from Thursday, March 14th to Saturday, March 16th in Austin, Texas.
How long is each session?
Approximately 3.5 hours including set up, on-boarding with the Level team, live performance time, and content production time.
How are people selected?
To be eligible, you'll need to first sign up to Level here. Since session slots are limited, we will be reviewing all requests and select those that will best utilize the Open Sessions format. For us to best assess your request, we strongly encourage you to be as detailed as possible with what you hope to accomplish in your live performance session. We hope these sessions will be productive and fun at the same time. Please refer to our Official Rules here for more information.
Is it free?
Yes, it is entirely free to the artists who are selected to participate in the Open Sessions.
What do I need to include in my request?
Just fill out the request form here.
When will I hear back?
Due to the short time frame and the volume of applicants, we will only reach out to applicants who are selected to participate in Level Open Sessions. Those selected can expect to hear back from our team by February 24th, 2019 at the latest.
What time slots are available each day?
There will be 1-2 sessions per day. You can find the time slots detailed in the request form. You can also request your own time slots for consideration in the form.
How many people can I bring?
Apart from your music collaborators and/or group members participating in the sessions, you can bring up to 3 additional people who may be your manager, agent, and/or supporting persons. If you need to bring any additional participants, please elaborate in the comments section in the request form. We’ll be verifying IDs based on the names submitted in your request, prior to each session.
What’s provided at the Open Sessions?
A full creative team of video director, cinematographer, designers, and an in-house sound lead will be there to work with you during your Open Session. We’ll also provide water, light refreshments and snacks.
Do I need to bring my own gear?
Depending on your set up, you’ll need to bring your band members, laptop, instruments, and backing tracks. No backline will be provided as part of Open Sessions.
What type of content will be captured during these sessions?
On staff, we’ll have a writer, photographer, and videographer capturing these sessions and even sharing to Level’s social media channels in real time. You’ll be free to utilize the interviews, photos, and videos produced by Level once they’re finalized.
Does Level own the rights to any recordings I create during these sessions?
You will need to review and agree to a release agreement as part of the live-recording release program. You will need to own 100% of the rights to any material performed as part of Open Sessions. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have. Any photographic and video content captured by the Level team during these sessions will be owned by Level.
Will Open Sessions be available in other locations?
Future opportunities and locations will be announced as they become available.