Did you know that most cities require a busking permit? That’s a permit for anyone who entertains in a public place for donations. These permits are typically obtained from your local municipality’s permitting department.
Some cities issue busking permits for free, and others charge a nominal fee like $50.00 per year or $35.00 per session. But beware, some cities require you to audition in front of judging panel to ensure you are good enough for a public performance!
The busking rules outlined on the permits are generally pretty simple: Don’t play in the same spot for more than 45 minutes. Don’t make a nuisance of yourself and don’t aggressively ask for money. Most likely there will be more rules than that, but those are the most common ones.
The most important thing is to have fun and have your permit handy! Good luck, and I hope it goes smoothly. I would love to hear some of your stories, any good ones out there?
“Don’t Get Caught Without a Busking Permit” author: Suzy, violinist and founder of Vogue Violin www.vogueviolin.com