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Summer Busking and Street Entertainment Program

City of Prospect is excited to present a Summer Busking and Street Entertainment Program celebrating the vibrancy that street performance brings to public spaces. Busking allows artists, musicians and entertainers to connect with the community and showcase their unique skills.

With COVID-19 drastically impacting the entertainment industry, this program aims to support our creative community by providing performance opportunities and generating income for artists.

City of Prospect encourages performers from all backgrounds, abilities and mediums to apply for a busking permit and showcase their craft at set locations and times on Prospect Road during summer.

Entertainment may be provided through playing an instrument, singing, reciting, juggling, puppetry, miming, dancing, comedy, magic, chalk art and drawing or painting a picture on paper or canvas.

Approved buskers are permitted to receive donations.

Application Process

Applying for a busking permit is quick, easy and best of all free!

Your application will be assessed by Council's Youth and Live Music Coordinator and, if successful, you will be contacted by phone to negotiate a performance date, time and location and allocated a permit.

The permit must be on display while busking and is only valid for the stipulated dates and times.

Approved buskers will receive a one-off honorarium payment of $150 to get started and purchase the required materials and equipment needed to perform. Additionally Council will provide public liability insurance cover for all uninsured buskers. This is part of our commitment to support live music and the performing arts industry.

Apply for a permit here


Busking and street entertainment is scheduled weekly during summer period on the days and times noted below. Approved buskers will be allocated a regular timeslot and are permitted to perform for no more than two hours per session.

Options include:

Thursday: 12pm – 2pm | 5pm – 7pm | 7pm – 9pm

Friday: 12pm – 2pm | 5pm – 7pm | 7pm - 9pm

Saturday: 10am – 12pm | 12pm – 2pm | 5pm – 7pm | 7pm – 9pm


Buskers agree to the following terms and conditions.

Busking permits will be allocated on first come first served basis.

$150 payment is subject to budget availability and is payable once per artist (not per session), however you are able to collect donations.

Performances are to be undertaken on set dates, times and locations outlined in the busking permit.

Maximum duration is 2 hours per session.

Busker must consult and alert adjacent businesses prior to commencing performing. Should complaints be received, the busker must agree not to perform and notify the program coordinator.

Buskers are required to comply with directions of Council and SAPOL officers including producing the busking permit for inspection and personal identification.

Provide 1.2 metres of footpath space for pedestrians to pass unhindered including wheelchairs, prams and mobility scooters. Busking must not impede access or create a safety hazard.

Buskers must not accost or solicit bystanders or foot traffic for money or assistance, however you are permitted to collect donations in a container.

Performances cannot be obscene, offensive or involve animals.

Buskers under the age of 18 years require parent/guardian consent and are only permitted to busk during daylight hours.

Buskers under the age of 13 years require parent/guardian supervision and are only permitted to busk during daylight hours.

No amplification permitted.

Buskers cannot use knives, fire or other hazardous substances.

Political rallying, spruiking and religious preaching is not permitted.

Applications to undertake face or body painting or temporary tattoo applications including henna is not permitted.

For more information regarding City of Prospect Summer Busking and Street Entertainment Program call Mark Crabtree, Youth and Live Music Coordinator on 8269 5355 or email