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Busking in Birmingham

Busking is music, dance, street theatre, performance or art offered live in our streets and squares, for the purposes of entertaining, interacting with members of the public, and receiving voluntary contributions.

Everyone is welcome to busk on public land in Birmingham, no licence is required. However your performance should be considerate of those around you.

We have drawn up some guidance for buskers working alongside the Musicians Union, Equity and the Keep Streets Live campaign. Please read either the full guide or our handy quick guide before performing.

You must have a charitable street collection licence if you're performing to collect money for charity. Please visit our page on collecting money for charity

If you wish to sell CDs or other merchandise whilst busking then you may need street trading consent.

Please note that child employment regulations in Birmingham prohibit anyone of compulsory school age from busking – whether or not money is collected.

Report a problem with a busker

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