Introduced in 1997, the Busking Scheme in Singapore enlivens city life and energises urban spaces. The Scheme provides opportunities for individuals to share their creative expressions and interact with audiences in the public space. It is also part of the National Arts Council (NAC)’s efforts for Singaporeans and visitors to encounter and appreciate our diverse arts and culture offerings. Busking acts generally fall into three art form categories - Music, Street Theatre and Visual Arts, and they take place across some 80 designated busking locations island-wide.
Deferment of Stage 2 Busking Pilots
[Updated as of November 2021] In adherence to the latest guidelines given the COVID-19 situation, NAC will be deferring the commencement of Stage 2 busking pilots till further notice to reduce the risk of community spread. NAC will continue to closely monitor the situation and update when Stage 2 busking pilots may proceed.
How to Apply for a Busking Card
Buskers in Singapore are required to attend an audition to ensure consistency in the quality of busking activities. Those who are successful will obtain a Busking Card (Letter of Endorsement), which allows them to busk at designated busking sites within a validity period. This is in line with Exemption Order to the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act, which states that only buskers issued with a valid Letter of Endorsement are allowed to busk.
To find out more about the Scheme and application process, download the Busking Guide here.
For more information on other relevant licenses, please visit the links below:
|Status||Registration Deadline||Pre-Audition Briefing |
|Busking Auditions |
|UPCOMING||1 January 2022|
25 March 2022
24 June 2022
23 September 2022
|8 January 2022|
9 April 2022
9 July 2022
8 October 2022
|18 January 2022|
19 April 2022
19 July 2022
19 October 2022
April and October 2021 auditions have completed this year. Please stay tuned for more details on the upcoming round.
Complete applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. As audition slots fill up fast, early submission of complete application(s) is recommended.
Please submit via email(preferred) to email@example.com or by post (to Aux Media at #03-01 AIS Industrial Building 103 Kallang Avenue, S339504). You only need to submit your application once. After submitting your application, you will be contacted within 10 working days to confirm your application and follow-up details.
For Solo applications, please complete the Solo Application Form.
For Group (with 2 – 10 members) applications, please complete the Group Application Form.
For applicants who are between the age of 13 to 17 years old, kindly complete and attach the Consent Form together with your application.
I am a foreigner visiting Singapore on Social Visit Pass. Can I apply for the Busking Scheme?
Only foreigners residing in Singapore on an Employment Pass can apply for the Busking Scheme.
Is there a registration cost when I apply for the Busking Scheme?
There is no registration fee.
As a busking group, do all members need to be present when we are busking?
Yes, this is to ensure that the quality of your busking act is not compromised. Please note that stand-ins are not allowed.
Can we raise funds through busking activities for charitable causes?
The Busking Scheme is not for the purpose of fund-raising for a cause or organisation. You will need to apply for (1) an Arts Entertainment Licence from the Media Development Authority or a Public Entertainment Licence from the Singapore Police Force and (2) a House-to-House and Street Collections Licence if you are planning to carry out fundraising activities under Singapore Law.
Is the Busking Scheme a welfare support initiative?
The Busking Scheme is not a welfare support scheme. If you require welfare assistance, please approach your nearest Community Development Council (CDC), Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) or a Family Service Centre (FSC) for more information on the types of assistance available. Alternatively, you may also call the ComCare Hotline at 1800-222-0000 to enquire about the assistance programmes available.
For any enquiry on the pre-audition briefing or busking auditions, please contact Aux Media Group at 6346 9039, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for response within 3 working days.
Note: If you have confirmed your attendance for audition slots but are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact Aux Media Group with a valid reason. Applicants who fail to do so may only re-apply 6 months later.
Mail your application to, and collect your Busking Card at, the below address:
Attn: NAC Busking Scheme
Aux Media Group
AIS Industrial Building
103 Kallang Avenue #03-01