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Gainesville celebrates musicians, artists, and entertainers and recognizes the value they add to our city’s downtown appeal. Our new “Street Shows” pilot program pays local artists to perform sidewalk shows, also known as "busking," at designated “Busk Stops” for passersby in Gainesville’s downtown core.
If you are a performer interested in being paid to perform a Street Show, submit an application.
Applications are reviewed and select performers are invited to join a changing line-up of paid buskers. Each performer is given a Busk Stop, date, and time for their performance. A published lineup will appear on the City website so folks know when to catch their favorite buskers performing downtown.
Buskers set-up and perform at their allotted time, clearly displaying their "Busk Pass" to show their affiliation with the Street Shows program. Buskers can also collect tips while performing. Buskers take a photo or video of their performance to document their show for the Street Shows organizer to use for promotion.
Performers are paid following their street show.
In Gainesville, street performance does not require a permit and can be done for tips at anytime! If you are interested in busking for tips, check out this quick guide we’ve put together to help you get started.
These guidelines help maintain the vibrant atmosphere of downtown while protecting the rights of pedestrians, business, and performers. Thanks!
Local musicians suggested the idea of a buskers guild and the Gainesville City Commission came up with the plan and approved a budget for the Street Shows pilot project.
Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs drafted the guidelines and launched the program after researching similar initiatives in other cities, holding focus groups with performers, and surveying local business owner/managers. Cultural Affairs books the talent and manages the program budget.
$100/hour plus the tips they make while performing.
Yes, if a show is cancelled due to sudden bad weather, performers are still paid. If there is enough advanced notice to reschedule rather than cancel a Street Show, we reschedule.
Northeast Corner of Southeast 1st Street & Southeast 2nd Avenue
Northeast Corner of Southeast 2nd Place & Southeast 1st Street
Southeast Corner of Southeast Main Street & Southeast 1st Ave
Corner of Southwest 2nd Street and Southwest 1st Avenue
Performers can apply at this link.