Decatur Buskers Program

Bring music, magic, dancing, and fun to the streets of Decatur! Decatur’s busking program encourages street performers and emerging artists to showcase their talents and contribute to a lively street culture in our community.

Just a few requirements . . .

A permit is required to participate. Good news: it’s free! Fill out the application provided below and deliver it in person to Decatur Arts Alliance headquarters at 113 Clairemont Ave. Decatur Georgia 30030. (The Arts Alliance shares space with the Decatur Visitors Center, and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.)

We will take your photo, so look sharp (unless that’s not your thing). We’ll take a new photo every year.
– Permits are valid for one month, renewable on the first of each month
– Permits issued after the first are valid for the remainder of that month
– Permits are not transferable

Performers can collect tips, but cannot directly solicit for tips. Put out a jar or open your case and add a small sign if you like, but don’t ask people for payment.

If there’s another performer nearby, make your separation at least 20 feet.

And be a good neighbor! Please don’t stand too close to building entrances or crosswalks, avoid using amplifiers, and follow the city’s safety guidelines.


*All fields required.



Hold Harmless Agreement
I, the applicant, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Decatur, its officers, employees, elected officials, and agents, from and against any and all damages, claims, causes of action, suits, demands, losses, liabilities, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees and disbursements) caused by, in connection with, arising out of, or resulting from the use of the permitted location, or any and all of acts of the applicant, his or her partners, employees, officers, and/or agents, done in connection with or in furtherance of this application and/or permit.


Option: Download and print your free application here, and bring it by in person to 113 Clairemont Ave.