It’s with regret that we inform artists, companies and media partners that as the City of Austin has cancelled SXSW 2020, FOCUS Wales have had to cancel its showcase events and associated activities in Austin, Texas.

With our Wales and UK partners we will make every effort in partnership to minimise abortive costs.

We will participate in a meeting with our International Showcase Fund (ISF) partners on March 9th and will provide an update as more information becomes available.

Please note that PRS for Music has set up a SXSW latest advice page on their website to deal with issues associated with the cancellation of this important event.


UPDATE 11 March 2020

As of March 9th and following the cancellation of SXSW by the City of Austin Texas, we have looked at the impact that this and other decisions will have on artists and companies in Wales.  WAI endorses the PRS Foundation’s FAQs for those receiving grants from the International Showcase Fund (ISF) partnership.  (This is a partnership in which we invest on behalf of Arts Council of Wales.)

We are all extremely disappointed about the cancellation of SXSW 2020 and the impact of the Coronavirus on our sector and communities.  However, we are all clear that based on the information currently available to us, we consider it imperative that grant recipients do not travel to Austin to perform at unofficial events (for more details see PRS Foundation website and for clarity on US immigration rules see Tamizdat ) *

Our delivery partner for Welsh music at SXSW, FOCUS Wales, has organised an event showcasing the bands from Wales who will no longer make it to Austin to perform on Wednesday 19 March 2020 at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – Tickets available: Focus Wales at SXSW (Not in Austin).


Please see our full page on FAQs for grant recipients here.