July 7, 2017
Busking Pilot Program approved for Downtown Fredericton
Fredericton – Downtown Fredericton Inc. has been granted approval by the City of Fredericton to pilot a Busking Program for the summer of 2017. Under the program, street performers will be required to go through a permitting process and abide by a set of guidelines when entertaining in the city centre.
As construction moves forward this summer with the “Shared Street” concept on Carleton Street, this new cultural corridor is expected to attract street performers. The new pilot program has been developed by Downtown Fredericton Inc. in partnership with the City of Fredericton in order to create a set of street entertainment guidelines that encourage best practices.
“Many cities across the country have well-developed by-laws for street entertainment. Terms and conditions are set out and performers are required to pay licensing fees. We have looked at best practices from other Canadian cities and pulled together a set of guidelines that we feel will work well here” says Bruce McCormack, General Manager of Downtown Fredericton Inc.
For the pilot year, individuals or groups interested in performing will be required to meet with Downtown Fredericton Inc. staff, fill out an application, and indicate the type of entertainment they will be performing. No fees will be associated with the application process. Once approved, entertainers will be required to adhere to a set of guidelines.
The pilot program is set to run from Council’s approval until September 30, 2017. At the conclusion of the program, Downtown Fredericton Inc. will report back to the City with feedback and any proposed revisions or improvements for moving forward.
Performers interested in the Busker Program can apply in person at the Downtown Fredericton Inc. office at 349 King St., during business hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.