Music fans from all over the world are converging in Austin this week for the fifth annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference.

The conference features both panel discussions and workshops on a variety of music and media topics, as well as showcases of over 300 of the best up-and-coming groups and solo artists covering all musical styles.The ninth annual Austin Music Awards Show also will be held. In past years, the show has included performances by such artists as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Asleep at the Wheel and Joe Ely.