Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
Ticketing Questions

General Questions

WHAT IS THE SAN DIEGO MUSIC THING?
The San Diego Music Thing is an annual 2-day music and media conference. Registrants have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the music business through interactive and roundtable sessions with nationally-known panelists and featured speakers who represent the best and most innovative aspects of the music business. Day time activities include a trade show, happy hour parties, listening stations and pop up live performances as well as a chance to meet and mingle with top industry professionals and artists. Evening activities include the Music Fest, with over 150 local, regional and national bands performing at venues around San Diego. The San Diego Music Thing is produced by the San Diego Music Foundation and proceeds benefit the Foundation’s experiential music programs in 65 schools around San Diego County.

WHERE IS THE SDMT HELD?
The nighttime activities will be held at venues throughout San Diego. Click here to see a list of participating venues and addresses.

WHAT ARE THE TIMES FOR THE SAN DIEGO MUSIC THING?
The daytime activities run from 10am to 7pm, and the nighttime activities go from 7pm to 2am. Specific day and nighttime schedules will be released in early September.

HOW MUCH DO TICKETS COST?
Tickets start at just $20 dollars. You can see a variety of ticketing options by clicking here.  If you still have questions you can email us here.  

I WANT TO VOLUNTEER – HOW DO I SIGN UP?
We would love to have you volunteer. Head over to our volunteer page for more information, or click on this link to sign up!

WHY SHOULD I REGISTER EARLY?
The earlier you register, the greater the discount you will receive on your badge.

IS THIS EVENT ACCESSIBLE TO ATTENDEES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?
Yes! Please email us if you need more information on accessible seating at specific venues, ASL interpreters or with any questions.

CAN MY CHILD/TEEN ATTEND?

Children and teens are welcome to attend the conference and other daytime activities. People under the age of 21 are able to attend evening performances at venues without age restrictions.

I HAVE A SUGGESTION, WHERE SHOULD I SEND IT?
We’d love to hear from you. Send your suggestions here and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT SHOWCASING MY PRODUCT OR SERVICE AT SDMT? HOW DO I SET UP A LABEL SHOWCASE?
If you are interested in information on sponsorship opportunities including the trade show, instrument petting zoo or hosting a showcase please email Marjy Taylor.

HOW DO I APPLY TO PERFORM AT THE 2013 SDMT?
We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2013 San Diego Music Thing. If you would like to perform at the 2014 SDMT, check back in January for more information. 

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I AM CHOSEN TO PERFORM?
We will be booking bands in waves between now and the date of the event. We will notify you of your status on or before August 16th.

HOW CAN I SUBMIT A PANEL IDEA? HOW CAN I SUBMIT MYSELF AS A PANELIST?
Email Marjy Taylor with any suggestions or to inquire about being on a panel.
 

Ticketing Questions

HOW MUCH DO TICKETS COST?
We have a variety of tickets available. Please head over to our Tickets page for more information.

WHERE DO I BUY TICKETS?
Tickets are available for sale online. Click here to buy.

WHAT ARE MARQUEE SHOWS?
Marquee shows will take place at the following venues – The Griffin, The Irenic, The Casbah and The North Park Theatre. There are a limited number of guaranteed tickets available for Super Badge holders (free) and Badge holders (at an added cost), and single tickets will be available for sale to the public. Badge holders must pick up a hard ticket for marquee shows when they pick up their badge.

CAN I BUY A TICKET FOR A SINGLE SHOW?
Some single tickets will be available for purchase. Those shows will be listed here as information and tickets become available.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH TICKET TO BUY?
Descriptions of different ticket options can be found by clicking here.  If you want to see it in chart version you can do that by clicking here.  If you still have questions you can call our office at (619) 381-8789 or send us an email and we are happy to help you.

IF I HAVE A SUPER BADGE OR BADGE AM I GUARANTEED ADMISSION TO ALL OF THE VENUES?
Admission to the venues is on first come first serve basis and subject to venue capacity. Super Badge holders are able to pick up hard tickets for marquee shows (only a certain amount will be allotted), which will guarantee admission to those performances, and have front of the line privileges at non marquee venues. Badge holders will be granted priority admission to non-marquee venues capacity permitting

IS THERE A STUDENT PASS?
There is an under 21 badge available for $30. If you’re a student who is over 21 and would like to attend the over 21 shows, please email us for more information on purchasing a discounted student pass.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISPLACE MY BADGE?
There are no replacement badges issued. If you lose your badge you will need to purchase a new badge or wristband to attend shows or the conference.

IS THIS EVENT ACCESSIBLE TO ATTENDEES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?
Yes! Please email us if you need more information on accessible seating at specific venues, ASL interpreters or with any questions.

WHY SHOULD I REGISTER EARLY?
The earlier you register, the greater the discount you will receive on your badge.

CAN I COME TO THE BOX OFFICE AND BUY A TICKET?
We do not have a walk in box office for advance ticket sales. We encourage you to purchase your tickets online by clicking here. Walk up sales will be available at the Sheraton Hotel in Mission Valley between the hours of 10am and 7pm on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. Tickets will also be available after 5pm on those days at the satellite box office location.

WHERE CAN I EXCHANGE MY TICKET FOR A BADGE OR WRISTBAND?
You must exchange your ticket for a badge or wristband at the SDMT box office at the Sheraton Hotel in Mission Valley. You can do this beginning at 10am on Friday, September 13th.

CAN I PICK UP MY BADGE OR WRISTBAND EARLY?
Badges are available for pick up beginning at 10am on Friday, September 13 at the Sheraton Hotel in Mission Valley.

Still have questions?

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