BUSKING

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 audience in the public space. It is also part of the National Arts Council's efforts for Singaporeans and visitors to encounter and appreciate our diverse arts and culture offerings. Currently, the Busking Scheme comprises some 80 designated busking locations island-wide.

 

Buskers in Singapore ware 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 enables them to busk at designated busking sites within a validity period.

 

This is in line with The Exemption Order to the Public Entertainments and Meetings Actwhich states that only buskers issued with a valid Letter of Endorsement are allowed to busk.

 

Please click here to download the Busking Guide.

 

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

 

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

 

  Application Process / Dates to Note  

STEP 1: CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

The following are eligible to apply for under the Busking Scheme:

 

  • All Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
  • If you are an international student on a Student Pass, please obtain a letter of recommendation from your school or institution.
  • If you are a foreigner residing in Singapore, you may apply if you have a valid Employment Pass and written consent from the Ministry of Manpower (after you have passed the audition).

 

Note: ​There are no age restrictions to busking. However, you are required to provide a consent form from your parent/guardian if you are aged 17 years or younger.

 


STEP 2: COMPLETE AND SEND IN YOUR APPLICATION

Please submit your application via email or by post. 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.

 

Important dates to note:

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON

 

PRE-AUDITION BRIEFING

(Goodman Arts Centre)

BUSKING AUDITION

(Drama Centre)

6 April 2018, 5pm

(Registration Full)

14 April 2018

23 April 2018*

6 July 2018, 5pm

​(Registration Full)

14 July 2018

24 July 2018*

28 September 2018, 5pm

(Registration Full)

6 October 2018

​22 October 2018

28 December 2018, 5pm

(Registration Full)

5 January 2019

15 January 2019

* A limit of 90 applicants per audition cycle will be in effect from 14 July 2016 onwards. 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.

 


STEP 3: COME FOR THE PRE-AUDITION BRIEFING

The Pre-Audition Briefing is a briefing to familiarise you with the Busking Scheme guidelines and to give you an idea of what to expect at the Busking Audition. The Pre-Audition Briefing will be held at Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road. For directions, click here.

 

  • If you have applied as a busking group with 2 or more members, please have at least 2 members present at the Pre-Audition Briefing. 
  • It is mandatory for all applicants to attend the Pre-Audition Briefing if your last attendance was more than 12 months ago

 

Note: If you have confirmed your attendance but are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact Unearthed Productions at 9712 4714 or email busking@unearthedproductions.com.sg with a valid reason. Applicants who fail to do so may only re-apply 6 months later.

 


STEP 4: COME PREPARED FOR THE BUSKING AUDITION

The audition is meant to simulate actual busking conditions. During the audition, you will be given an estimated 5 minutes to demonstrate your busking act(s) and audience engagement abilities. The auditions will take place at National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street. For directions, click here.

 

Your audition will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Competency and skill in performance
  • Expression and confidence in performance
  • Engagement with the audience
  • Innovation and originality

 

Please take note of the following:

  • Please bring along everything you would need to showcase your busking act(s) (e.g. costumes, materials, instruments, props, equipment, etc.)
  • Any electrical equipment used to support your busking activities will need to be powered by portable batteries. Please ensure they are fully charged and in working order.
  • For those who plan to busk as a group, do make sure everyone shows up for the audition as only those present will have their names included in the Busking Card.

 

Busking acts fall generally into three art form categories - Music, Street Theatre and Visual Arts. Below are some requirements or the audition in each art form category:

 

Music

e.g. Guitar and singing, rumming, singing with keyboard, performance on musical instruments act, etc.

  • Prepare a rich and wide repertoire of songs. Preferably incolude different genres and/or tempos.
  • Familiarise yourself with the operation of your equipment (such as musical instruments, amplifiers, etc.)
  • Solo singing acts must have live music accompaniment (with the exception of acapella groups)

Movement & Street Theatre

​e.g. Dance, Acrobatic acts, Juggling, Mime, Magic, etc.

  • Come in full costume and/or makeup
  • Ensure that all props are prepared for the act
  • Acts involving dangerous objects or implements (such as knives, fire, etc.) are not permitted at the indoor audition venue. You will be required to audition using substitute props. Do note that the use of dangerous objects or arms will require additional clearance from enforcement authorities when busking on the streets (click here to find out more).

Visual Arts

​e.g. Drawing, Portraits and Caricatures, Dough-Figurine making, etc.

  • Demonstrate live drawing, painting or craft-making skills within 5 minutes.
  • Be quick and accurate.
  • Display samples of your works in a professional manner.
  • Putting a price-tag on your works is considered hawking and is not permitted under the Busking Scheme.

STEP 5: TAKING BUSKING TO THE STREETS

You will be notified of the audition results by the appointed agency within 4-5 weeks from the date of the Busking Audition.

 

Details will be given to successful applicants to collect the Busking Card (Letter of Endorsement).

 

Note: Busking Card not collected within 2 months from date of issue will be made void. 

 

  Forms  

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.

  Busking Locations  

For the list of Designated Busking Locations in Singapore, please click here.

  Frequently Asked Questions  

I am a foreigner visiting Singapore on Social Visit Pass. Can I apply for the Busking Scheme?

Only foreigners on Employment Passes residing in Singapore may apply for the Busking Scheme. Written consent from Ministry of MAnpower is required prior to collection of Busking Card (Letter of Endorsement).

 

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 fund-raise 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 Workshops or Busking Auditions, please contact Unearthed Productions at 9712 4714 or email busking@unearthedproductions.com.sg.

 

Mail your application to, or collect your Busking Card at the below address:

 

Attn: Busking Scheme

22 New Industrial Road

#03-09

Singapore 536208

(Operating Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 6pm; Saturdays, 9am - 1pm; Closed on public holidays) 

 

For any clarification on the Busking Scheme, please send your email enquiry to nac_artsforall@nac.gov.sg.