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Busking Performance Policy and Agreement Form (PDF 433.44 KB)

On Saturdays, in addition to the scheduled performances on the circular stage and Showers Plaza, buskers are permitted to perform in designated areas in and around Market, adding to the community and cultural experience.

On Saturdays, in addition to the scheduled performances on the circular stage and Showers Plaza, buskers are permitted to perform in designated areas in and around Market, adding to the community and cultural experience. In order to provide an atmosphere in which these performances can occur without disrupting the other activities of Market, we have developed these busking guidelines (PDF 433.44 KB). The guidelines are paraphrased below.

Locations and Accessing Spaces

In April and November, there are no designated busking performance spaces. Buskers may perform anywhere in the Market, as long as their performance does not interfere with customers accessing vendors' stands or the scheduled performances on the circular stage and does not impede communication between customers and vendors or customer trffic flow around the Market.

In May-October, there are six designated busking performance spaces within Showers Common and one on Plaza OneA on the B-Line Trail. Three spaces (designated with a big 'B') are designated as group (two or more people) performance spaces and four spaces (designated with a little 'b') are designated as individual performance spaces. See the busking area map in the Busking Guidelines (PDF 433.44 KB). At times space B2 on Plaza OneA will be reserved to accommodate a scheduled performance.

A busking sign-up board is located at the market shed on the south end of the Market area -see map in the Busking Guidelines (PDF 433.44 KB) - and will be available each Market day by 6:30 a.m. Individual buskers may sign up for a maximum of one hour in any one space and a maximum of two hours total for the day, on the following schedule: 8:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Busking groups may sign up for a maximum of 1½ hours in any one space and a maximum of three hours for the day on the following schedule: 8:15-9:45 a.m., 9:45-11:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Buskers may not reserve spaces for other buskers. If a busker is not in the space by their reserved time, the space may be reassigned to another busker.

Throughout the Market season (April-November), busking is permitted anywhere outside Showers Common, as long as buskers are considerate of other nearby buskers and Market vendors.

Additional Guidelines

An individual busker or a busking group representative must complete and return the Busking Agreement (PDF 433.44 KB) before performing at Market and is responsible for ensuring this information is shared with all members of the group who may be performing with them.

If you have questions about the Busking Performance Policy, or are interested in scheduling a performance on the circular stage or Showers Plaza, please contact Robin Hobson at (812) 349-3738 or via e-mail at hobsonr@bloomington.in.gov.

Weather Policy

During Market hours, a staff member inside City Hall will monitor weather radar if inclement weather takes a turn to the severe. The staff member will remain in close contact with the Market Master. If sudden or unpredicted severe weather is imminent, the Market Master will notify the Market buskers. At any time participants can go into City Hall and ask the Market assistant for a weather update.

In the event of thunder, lightning, high winds, tornado, hail or other severe weather at the Market, participants are advised to take shelter in the downstairs interior hallway of City Hall. In the case of heavy rain, thunder or lightning, if participants cannot take cover in the building, then they may alternatively take shelter in an enclosed vehicle with a metal roof and closed windows, taking care not to touch the metal frame of the vehicle until the threat has passed.

The Monroe County emergency sirens sound with a steady tone in the event that the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the county or if emergency personnel have sighted a funnel cloud or tornado. At the time of the siren sounding, the Market Master will alert Market patrons that the downstairs interior hallway of City Hall is the safest nearby location to seek shelter until the threat has passed. The tornado siren will sound for five minutes, but the cessation of the siren does not necessarily mean that the threat of tornado has passed. Market staff will notify participants in City Hall when it is safe to return to the Market.