The Street Performance Program presents unamplified live music performances by Austin musicians downtown during the fall and spring months. The program pays an hourly rate of $200 to each musician, with a maximum number of four musicians per one-hour set.

Learn about other City of Austin Music Performance Opportunities for Austin-area musicians and bands.

2023 Street Performance Program

After a pause due to the pandemic, the Street Performance Program is coming back! The submission form for the 2023 program will be released soon for compensated performances beginning in early March 2023.

Musicians representing all genres may learn more about the program by contacting Greg Gonzalez.

2019 Street Performance Program

list of 2019 street performance program performers (text of list is below)

General Guidelines for Street Performing in Austin

Street performing (a.k.a. "busking") is legal in Austin and does not require a permit unless you are performing in the City's park system. Please obey the following City Code requirements and best practices:

Acoustic performances only, with sound at 85 decibels or under - NO amplification allowed Don’t block sidewalks Noise or music cannot be audible to a nearby business or residence after 10:30 PM CST Always cooperate with Austin Police requests Safety first! Make sure you’re performing where people can safely gather without danger of stepping into a roadway