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Busking Performance Policy and Agreement Form

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. 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 traffic flow around the Market.

In May-October, there are six designated busking performance spaces within Showers Common (the blacktopped area) and one on Plaza OneA on the B-Line Trail. The space numbers are marked on the pavement as well, except the one on the B-Line. 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. 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 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.

Vehicles and Parking

There is no vehicle access for buskers to the market area. Buskers should park their vehicles during Market hours in the IU C Permit lot, which is accessed from the alley between Ninth and 10th Streets off Morton Street and is free of charge. City parking regulations are enforced on Saturdays.

Additional Guidelines

  • Buskers may not actively solicit donations at the Market. A donation jar/hat/instrument case is permitted.
  • Buskers may not amplify sound, except on Plaza OneA and Showers Plaza, where minimal amplification is permitted.
  • Buskers may display and offer for sale CDs or other recordings of their music, but may not actively solicit sales.
  • Buskers shall provide performances, including lyrics, that are appropriate for all ages.

An individual busker or a busking group representative must complete and return the Busking Agreement 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 Kitowski at (812) 349-3738 or via e-mail at kitowskir@bloomington.in.gov.