Busking in Orange’s main shopping area is one of the most colourful highlights of the holiday season. It’s a great opportunity for young people to gain performance experience and make some money.
Orange City Council has a system to manage Christmas busking that is aimed at :
- giving everyone a great busking experience
- managing the strong demand and competition for locations and times,
- allocating peak times and locations fairly
- liasing with shop-owners in the CBD
This page has the information you’ll need to apply.
This Letter to Buskers was recently sent to the people who busked last Christmas. As the letter makes clear, some of the more popular spots (in front of the former Myer store and Post Office Lane), won’t be available this year. Locations in the top and bottom block of the Summer Street shopping area, may be worth considering as well as the busier middle block.
How do I apply?
For each busker, someone (a young person and/or a parent/carer ) has to come to the council customer service counter at the Civic Centre (cnr of Byng St & Lords Place) to:
- complete the paper-work (including signing a risk management form)
- pay the application fee
- be allocated convenient locations and times
To give everyone the same opportunity, it’s first-come, first serve.
In 2018, the busking sign-on day is 9 am on Monday 26 November.
You can come after that time, but some spots may no longer be available.
The council offices open at 9am each day.
On the day when applications open , there will be a queue. Staff will deal with people as quickly as possible but depending on the demand, you may be in the queue for some time.
Applications are unable to be accepted by phone or online.
For your convenience, you can download the Christmas 2018 – Application to Busk and Risk Management Form (WORD Document) to complete on screen, then print it and bring it with you. Or the Christmas 2018 – Application to Busk and Risk Management Form (PDF file) to print, then complete and bring with you. This form can’t be lodged before the day.
Please don’t email these forms back to the council. You will need to bring the completed forms with you, when you come to the counter.
Copies of these forms will also be available at the Civic Centre counter.
When and where can I busk during the holiday season?
The 2018 busking season begins on Saturday 1 December and the last day of busking will be Christmas Eve (Monday 24 December).
The form encourages you to think beforehand about and suggest FOUR different times (mornings/or afternoons) and locations. These can’t be locked in, until after the booking is completed at the Civic Centre, and compared with the list of times/locations which may already be filled.
The form also includes information about ‘Busking Risk Management’. This information is aimed at minimising potential risks and hazards. You or your carer will need to agree with these requirements and sign a form when submitting your application.