An application is a request to be considered for an official showcase performance slot at the SXSW Music Festival.
A registration is a credential that allows the holder to attend SXSW events.
Band members do not need to purchase a registration to apply for a showcase. All applying artists, whether accepted to showcase or not, will be able to register to attend SXSW Music at the lowest registration rate after notification of status, if they choose to do so. If you purchase a registration at a higher rate or decide not to attend if you are not offered a showcase, refunds are not available.