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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 more than 70 designated busking locations island-wide.

 

Introduction of Busking E-Service Portal 

Following the resumption of busking on the streets, a busking e-service portal was launched for buskers to enjoy greater access to locations and slots. The busking e-service provides a one-stop portal for: 
  • Buskers to gain access to all busking locations across the island and customise their own busking profiles
  • Venue partners to better manage their busking locations and learn more about the busking community
  • General public to find out where busking will be taking place and support their favourite buskers and busking groups easily

 

When to book/ballot

The following tables illustrate the schedule for the booking and balloting of busking slots.

Booking schedule
Open byFor period
1st of the month, 9am Till end of the month (whether 30th/31st)
15th of the month, 9am Till 15th of the next month
Balloting schedule
For slots betweenBallot betweenNotification by
15th – end of the month (whether 30th/31st)1st – 3rd of the month8th of the month
1st – 14th of the next month 15th – 17th of the month22nd of the month

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 the Terms and Conditions of Audition Participation, please click here.
For the Busking Scheme Terms and Conditions, please click here.

For more information on other relevant licenses, please visit the links below:

Important dates to note:
StatusRegistration DeadlinePre-Audition Briefing
(Online)
Busking Auditions
(Drama Centre)
UPCOMING[FULL CAPACITY] 23 September 20228 October 202218 and 19 October 2022
 9 December 20223 January 20239 and 10 January 2023

January, April and July 2022 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.

Application Forms

Please submit via email(preferred) to busking@aux.com.sg 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. 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. 

2. Is there a registration cost when I apply for the Busking Scheme?
There is no registration fee.

3. 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. 

4. 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.

5. 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 busking@aux.com.sg 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
Singapore 339504