Hello Buskers! So you may have seen our emails or checked out our posts about Busking around town. Well, check out this page to catch up on all the latest happenings for buskers.
“A Busker is a person who performs in public areas; accepts donations from the public; and has obtained a permit pursuant to the ordinance.
“Perform” includes, but is not limited to the following activities; acting, singing, playing musical instruments, pantomime, juggling, magic, dancing, reading, puppetry, sidewalk art and reciting. Buskers shall not offer items for sale but they may offer items in exchange for a donation.”
Buskers are a vital part of our burgeoning arts community. Artistic performances enliven our growing entertainment districts while further cementing the creative community we have in our city. So if you’re a Busker looking for events and spaces to perform, check out this page for the happenings in town!
Permits can be obtained from the City of Columbia Business License Division located at 1339 Main Street (first floor) between 8:30am and 5pm Monday through Friday.
$15 annually (from date of issuance) — $2.50 daily (up to 3 consecutive days) — $5 for replacements
The full text of the busking ordinance (2012-057) is available here: https://bit.ly/2mDekna
Contact the City of Columbia Business License Division
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 147,
Columbia, SC 29217
Physical Address: 1339 Main Street (1st Floor),
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-545-3345 | Fax: 803-988-8025
Email Address: BusinessLicenseMail@columbiasc.gov
Office Hours: Mon-Fri – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
If you’re a licensed busker, looking for opportunities to perform. Here are a few opportunities happening this fall. Some opportunities may be limited, if you have any questions, feel free email One Columbia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soda City Market
Every Saturday (location may change due weather) | Soda City market has buskers performing during the market at no cost. If you’re a licensed busker, this is a great opportunity to come out and share your musical talents with your fellow neighbors. If you’re interested in participating, feel free to reach out to Soda City at email@example.com