Street performers, or “buskers” can greatly enhance the atmosphere of what might be a routine, busy street. However, if not careful, they can create a situation unpleasant with both those passing by and law enforcement.
If you’re going to be a street performer, it is important to know the local laws and ordinances so that you will not only be successful, but that both you and your audience may also have an enjoyable experience.
Some cities have very clear laws on street performing. However, there is a gray area—commercial solicitation. As a street performer, you need to make money. Everyone does. But how aggressive you are with obtaining it from a crowd can be considered solicitation, and that will get you in trouble with the police very quickly.
While busking may be accomplished almost anywhere that might have a crowd of people, compiled here is information for several major US cities that may be found useful. Some may seem like common sense, but it is always best to have it in writing just in case! [Read more…]