Street Shows

A musician playing an accordion outdoors on a brick sidewalk.

Pilot Program

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.

How Street Shows Work

Step 1.Submit an Application

If you are a performer interested in being paid to perform a Street Show, submit an application.

Step 2.Review Process

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.

Step 3.Perform!

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.

Step 4.Get Paid

Performers are paid following their street show.

Guidelines

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.

  • Check out your intended spot! Is it directly in front of a business entrance? Will your performance disturb outdoor diners? Is another busker already set up close by? If so, please look for someplace new.
  • We work hard to keep our downtown accessible to all! Any equipment down on the ground must stay out of the way. You can’t block the right of way, obstruct business entrances, impede foot traffic, or set up on the property of any business without their explicit permission. If you have questions or concerns, give Cultural Affairs a call (352 393 8543) and we’ll help determine the best move.
  • Want tips? That’s fine! There’s nothing wrong with placing a tip jar or a sign with your Cash app or Venmo QR code out to collect tips, but you can’t solicit people walking by--and you can’t sell anything without a business license and a vendor permit.
  • Be courteous with your volume. If you can be heard inside local businesses or if your volume prevents others from enjoying outdoor dining nearby, you are too loud.
  • Don’t stay in the same spot for more than two hours. This gives other performers a chance to rotate through the best spots and prevents downtown industry workers from being subject to repetitive sets. If you want to busk in one of the Street Shows' designated Busk Stops at a time you aren't officially booked to perform there, be sure to check the Street Shows schedule first to be sure another performer isn't already booked there at the time you want to play.
  • Are you looking to get in some plein air painting or bring a sketchbook out into the sun? Awesome! You’re good to go-–tag us at @gainesvillefla and #352arts when you’re done!
  • Gainesville loves live performance! Remember that you represent not just yourself, but all buskers in Gainesville. Leave everyone with a good memory. Have fun, and be a good neighbor!

These guidelines help maintain the vibrant atmosphere of downtown while protecting the rights of pedestrians, business, and performers. Thanks!

 

Facts & FAQs

Whose idea was this program?

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.

Who runs the program?

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.

How much are performers paid?

$100/hour plus the tips they make while performing.

Do performers get paid if they have to stop due to bad weather?

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.

 

Schedule   

GNV Street Shows Schedule
Date  Time Location  Performer Description
 Friday, June 24 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 1  A.Sunroom Acoustic folk originals and covers
Friday, June 24 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 2 Eddy Bayes Acoustic guitar, original and covers
 Friday, June 24 9-10 p.m.  Busk Stop 3 Seabass Chill, pop/R&B, vocals and guitar
Saturday, June 25 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 1 Ramos Pinta Latin music, Spanish guitar
 Saturday, June 25 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 2 Jerry Carris Guitar & uke, 20's to current 
 Friday, July 1 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 1 Quincy Allen Flint American folk, traditional, original country blues & finger picking
 Friday, July 1 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 2 Mutt Barker Multi-instrumentalist, fusion of jazz/funk/world, original music
 Friday, July 1 9-10 p.m. Busk Stop 3 MADWOMAN  Alternative/indie
Saturday, July 2  6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 1 Joe Breidenstine Duo Jazz
 Saturday, July 2 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 2 Eliana Gallagher Pop songs on ukulele
 Thursday, July 7 6-8 p.m. Busk Stop 1 Front Porch Backsteppers  Fiddle, Old-time Americana
Thursday July 7 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 2 Chuck Martin  Rock, folk, blues, R&B, country; guitar & voice
 Thursday July 7 9-10 p.m.  Busk Stop 3 The Housing Crisis  Acoustic folk rock, singer songwriter
 Saturday July 9 6-8 p.m. Busk Stop 2  Iamori Rap & RnB Singer
 Thursday, July 14 9-10 p.m.  Busk Stop 3 Juan Panneflek Bassoonist
 Saturday, July 16  6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 1  Lionel Jr. Country western with Caribbean flair 
 Saturday, July 16 7-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 2  Onna Meyer Hula Hooping
 Thursday, July 21  6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 2  Collin Whitlock  Pop and rock covers and original songs on guitar & piano
 Thursday, July 21 7-8 p.m. Busk Stop 1 Sweet Irene  Acoustic baritone uke & singing, original songs
 Thursday, July 21 9-10 p.m.  Busk Stop 3 Kirk Yates  Jazz
 Saturday, July 23 6-8 p.m.  Busk Stop 1 Vincent Raphael  Acoustic guitar
 Saturday, July 23 5-7 p.m. Busk Stop 4 Simone Seely Violinist

 

Busk Stop 1

Northeast Corner of Southeast 1st Street & Southeast 2nd Avenue

Picture of a street corner in the daylight.

Busk Stop 2

Northeast Corner of Southeast 2nd Place & Southeast 1st Street

Picture of street corner in daylight

Busk Stop 3

Southeast Corner of Southeast Main Street & Southeast 1st Ave

Picture of street corner in the daylight.

Busk Stop 4

Corner of Southwest 2nd Street and Southwest 1st Avenue