Eleanor Rust
Aug 15, 2022
4 min read

Picker Season: Vote on Music Tech and Music Innovation Proposals for SXSW 2023!

SXSW’s PanelPicker for their 2023 conference is open for voting! The Rock Paper Scissors team and our clients have put together some amazing proposals on music innovation. 

SXSW is a flagship event for the music industry (and tech, film & TV, education, the list goes on. . .) Panelpicker voting is an opportunity for all of us to show how we want to see SXSW grow. If you want it to remain an event that’s relevant to our industry and energizing for the future, make your voice heard!

Check out our curated list of proposals below and upvote them if they get you excited too.

How to Vote

All you need to do is log in to (or create) a account with your email address. Then click through the links below and cast your vote on the proposals that you want to see in Austin in 2023. Vote for as many proposals as you like. You can also add comments to voice your interests. 

Your votes count – it doesn’t matter if you have never attended before or you’ve never missed a conference! Community voting is just one factor in programming decisions, though. Read SXSW’s explainer on the process here.

Voting is open through August 21, 2022. You can come back to the panelpicker as often as you want through the voting period, but you can only upvote each proposal once.


The Music Innovation Meet Up
With Shayli Ankenbruck (Rock Paper Scissors, Inc./Music Tectonics)


Approachable, Accessible, & Intuitive Music Making – Panel
With Adam McHeffey (Artiphon) and Russ Gavin (JackTrip Labs)

DIY Decision Points for Independents 101 – Panel
With Ahuvah Berger-Burcat (Revelator), Peter Sinclair (Beatbread), and Kristin Robinson (Billboard)

Down With the Black Box: Let’s Get Creators Paid – Panel
With Chris McMurtry (Pex) and Ellen Bligh Truley (The MLC)

Making Music in Mixed Realities – Panel
With Dr. Kate Stone (Novalia), Melodie Mousset (Patch XR), Kit Zellerbach (Microsoft), and Eleanor Rust (Rock Paper Scissors, Inc./Music Tectonics)

The Music Industry’s Two Promises to Artists – Panel
With Kris Ahrend (The MLC), Kara DioGuardi (Arthouse Publishing/Records, Briidge), and Kristin Robinson (Billboard)

NFTs Evolve: Fan Passports to Unlocked Benefits – Panel
With Ahuvah Berger-Burcat (Revelator), Chris McGarry (Authentic Artists), Jacquelle Horton (Fave), and Michel Traore (anotherblock)

The Secret Steps for Optimized TikTok Success – Panel
Dae Bogan (The MLC), Jeremy Vilela (ByteDance), and Kasey Fries (Downtown Music Services)

Sound Royalties Presents: Funding Your Music Career – Panel
With Big Freedia (Artist), Reid Martin (MidCitizen Entertainment), Tim Kappel (Wells & Kappel LLP), and Alex Heiche (Sound Royalties)

The Tidal Wave of Music Creation Has Just Begun – Panel
Meng Kuok (BandLab), Tatiana Cirisano (MIDiA Research), and Dmitri Vietze (Rock Paper Scissors, Inc./Music Tectonics)

Traditional and New Income Streams for Indie Artists – Panel
Dae Bogan (The MLC), Kirt Debique (Syncfloor/groovemint), and Ari Herstand (Ari’s Take)

Workshops and Presentations

Decentralized Financial Rewards for Music Ecosystems – Presentation
With Ahuvah Berger-Burcat (Revelator) and Gilad Woltsovitch (Revelator)

PR for Weirdos: Start Your Startup PR Plan Now – Workshop
With Tristra Yeager (Rock Paper Scissors, Inc./Music Tectonics)

So you just created a song… Now what? – Workshop
With Dae Bogan (The MLC) and Kevin Breuner (CDBaby)

Streaming Was Not Disruptive: Music Creation Is! – Presentation
With Dmitri Vietze (Rock Paper Scissors, Inc./Music Tectonics)

RPS's Own PR Contraption: Crystallize. Articulate. Amplify.

About Rock Paper Scissors, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Rock Paper Scissors, Inc. is a music tech PR firm composed of a diverse team of communicators, creatives, and business minds. We have represented thousands of projects from six continents. Our roster includes clients in music technology, music gear, B2B music agencies, music consumer products and apps, artist-facing and label services, music sync platforms, music AI, fintech for music, and much more.


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