Busking and Street Performance

A busker plays the double bass. Image by Sam Shelly

New 6-month Trial Program

image credit: Sam Shelly 

The Busking and Street Performance Program 6-month trial aims to create more vibrant and appealing public spaces throughout Hobart by increasing opportunities for informal performances and creative expression.  

At a time when creative industries, retail and tourism have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the trial aims to expand opportunities for local musicians and street performers to potentially generate a financial income whilst also activating public spaces and positively impacting on local businesses.

The trial involves an increase to the number of locations where busking and street performance is permitted from 3 to 27 locations involving a mix of city and suburban shopping precincts along with a selection of parks.

The trial requires buskers and street performers to adhere to a set of terms and conditions so that the program is fair to participants, businesses and the public and the program trial is successful for everyone.

The City defines busking or street performance as the act of performing in a public place often, but not always, in exchange for money. Performers wishing to participate in the trial should refer to the terms and conditions of the permit along with the permitted locations in the document below.

The public – residents, business owners and performers – are being encouraged to provide feedback on the trial via the City of Hobart Your Say website for the duration of the trial, 1 October 2020 to 30 March 2021.

Further information about the trial performance locations and frequently asked questions is available in the information document below.  

Busking and Street Performance Trial - Further Information

The Busking and Street Performance Program 6-month trial aims to create more vibrant and appealing public spaces throughout Hobart by increasing opportunities for informal performances and creative expression.

The trial involves extending the hours during which busking and street performance is permitted, to between 8 am and 8 pm on weekdays, Monday to Friday, and on weekends, Saturday and Sunday, to between 10 am and 8 pm. The number of locations available for busking also expands to 27 locations across Hobart.

Key dates: 1 October 2020 to 30 March 2021.

Buskers will be able to apply online for a permit from Thursday 1 October, 2020.

For more information on the trial please view our Busking & Street Performance 6-Month Trial 2020-21 Information and FAQs(PDF, 945KB)  and Busking and Street Performance 6-Month Trial - Locations and Terms and Conditions.(PDF, 7MB)

Apply for a Busking and Street Performance Permit

Buskers can apply for a permit to participate in the trial. The permit is valid for 6 months and there is no cost to apply.

Applications for the trial are open from 1 October 2020 to 30 March 2021.

Apply online.

Please allow 4 business days for assessment of this application.

Give your feedback

The public – residents, business owners and buskers and street performers themselves – are encouraged to provide feedback via the City of Hobart's Your Say website for the duration of the trial, 1 October 2020 to 30 March 2021. 

Participating buskers and street performers who are given a permit and perform during the trial period will be invited to share their experiences via a separate survey. More information on this will be provided at the end of the trial period.

 

For any further information or queries please contact the City of Hobart Activation Programs and Tourism Unit on events@hobartcity.com.au or phone 6238 2890 during business hours.