City Busking Program Trial

The City of Perth greatly values the diversity of entertainment that buskers and street performers provide in the public realm and is committed to providing a safe, accessible and culturally sensitive environment for all visitors, workers and residents.

Over a six-month period from November 2018, the City of Perth will be trialling new Busking Guidelines with the aim of:

• Improving processes for issuing busking permits
• Improving communication with busking permit holders
• Improving the quality and diversity of busking performances around the city
• Minimising busking related complaints from businesses and city visitors

Changes to the Busking Guidelines and procedures, along with additional street entertainment programming will be trialled and feedback sought throughout the trial period.


Have your say!

Complete one of the below surveys to have your say on the changes.

Survey for buskers

Survey for businesses

Survey for public


Busking Program Trial

The City of Perth will trial draft Busking Guidelines, a new application process and third party programming of additional busking performances throughout the city from November 2018 until May 2019.

What will be trialed and why?

  • Significant reduction in busking permit fees
    Fees will be reduced from up to $296 per year to just $60 per year, with the aim of:
    - Encouraging more buskers to perform in the city
    - Promoting a wider variety of acts

  • Demarcated busking pitches in priority areas
    Pitches will be marked with stickers on the pavement in the malls and other areas where busking is encouraged, with the aim of:
    - Promoting the busking program and encouraging busking at various locations around the city
    - Eliminating confusion about appropriate locations for busking in busy areas, such as the malls
    - Ensuring there is adequate space between buskers and fair distribution of busking in busy areas to minimise complaints

  • Introduction of permit categories
    Three categories of busking permit will be introduced, with the aim of:
    - Ensuring distribution of acts in locations that are best able to accommodate the nature of their performance
    - Encouraging all performers to strive to deliver high quality, engaging performances

  • Programmed performances
    Additional busking performances will be programmed at various locations around the city by local arts organisations, which is intended to:
    - Activate less busy areas
    - Showcase the diversity of Western Australian talent
    - Encourage performances by artists who have not previously considered busking in the city
    - Provide opportunities for performers, groups and organisations to promote their acts and programs to new audiences


Opportunities to Provide Feedback

Benchmarking
We are seeking to establish current attitudes towards the diversity and quality of busking in Perth. Please help us to understand areas for improvement by completing this brief survey.

During the Trial
Whether you're a busker, a business or a member of the public, we want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts on the draft Busking Guidelines, what you think of the additional programming, or your own ideas on how busking could be done differently in the city.

Submit your feedback via the surveys on this page or send us an email to info.city@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.


Outcomes

All feedback will be evaluated at the end of the trial period and necessary changes made to the Busking Guidelines, permit application procedure and third party program.

Recommended changes will be reported to Council for endorsement in June 2019.


Photo credit: Zane and Degge by Dan Grant

The City of Perth greatly values the diversity of entertainment that buskers and street performers provide in the public realm and is committed to providing a safe, accessible and culturally sensitive environment for all visitors, workers and residents.

Over a six-month period from November 2018, the City of Perth will be trialling new Busking Guidelines with the aim of:

• Improving processes for issuing busking permits
• Improving communication with busking permit holders
• Improving the quality and diversity of busking performances around the city
• Minimising busking related complaints from businesses and city visitors

Changes to the Busking Guidelines and procedures, along with additional street entertainment programming will be trialled and feedback sought throughout the trial period.


Have your say!

Complete one of the below surveys to have your say on the changes.

Survey for buskers

Survey for businesses

Survey for public


Busking Program Trial

The City of Perth will trial draft Busking Guidelines, a new application process and third party programming of additional busking performances throughout the city from November 2018 until May 2019.

What will be trialed and why?

  • Significant reduction in busking permit fees
    Fees will be reduced from up to $296 per year to just $60 per year, with the aim of:
    - Encouraging more buskers to perform in the city
    - Promoting a wider variety of acts

  • Demarcated busking pitches in priority areas
    Pitches will be marked with stickers on the pavement in the malls and other areas where busking is encouraged, with the aim of:
    - Promoting the busking program and encouraging busking at various locations around the city
    - Eliminating confusion about appropriate locations for busking in busy areas, such as the malls
    - Ensuring there is adequate space between buskers and fair distribution of busking in busy areas to minimise complaints

  • Introduction of permit categories
    Three categories of busking permit will be introduced, with the aim of:
    - Ensuring distribution of acts in locations that are best able to accommodate the nature of their performance
    - Encouraging all performers to strive to deliver high quality, engaging performances

  • Programmed performances
    Additional busking performances will be programmed at various locations around the city by local arts organisations, which is intended to:
    - Activate less busy areas
    - Showcase the diversity of Western Australian talent
    - Encourage performances by artists who have not previously considered busking in the city
    - Provide opportunities for performers, groups and organisations to promote their acts and programs to new audiences


Opportunities to Provide Feedback

Benchmarking
We are seeking to establish current attitudes towards the diversity and quality of busking in Perth. Please help us to understand areas for improvement by completing this brief survey.

During the Trial
Whether you're a busker, a business or a member of the public, we want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts on the draft Busking Guidelines, what you think of the additional programming, or your own ideas on how busking could be done differently in the city.

Submit your feedback via the surveys on this page or send us an email to info.city@cityofperth.wa.gov.au.


Outcomes

All feedback will be evaluated at the end of the trial period and necessary changes made to the Busking Guidelines, permit application procedure and third party program.

Recommended changes will be reported to Council for endorsement in June 2019.


Photo credit: Zane and Degge by Dan Grant