Louisville Busking Association

Louisville Busking Association

Louisville Busking FAQ

Is Busking Legal in Louisville, Kentucky?

To a large extent, free speech activities including public performance are strictly protected by the First Amendment.  Busking is not considered panhandling and is not treated as such.

Where can I Busk in Louisville, Kentucky?

Downtown Louisville has a variety of locations appropriate for busking. Many small businesses in Downtown Louisville are very welcoming of street performers on or in front of their property. The First Friday of each month on the First Friday is a primary date for Busking activities in Downtown Louisville. On a normal weekday, there are over 40,000 employees in the central business district, with much-walking traffic around lunch and at 7 pm. For detailed information about daily street traffic in Downtown Louisville to plan your performance location, please see http://www.kipda.org/Transportation/TrafficCounts/ As long as you are not in an intersection or in the street we are not aware of any permits required to busk in the city of Louisville. Please note that any earnings from your activity may be taxable or may require reporting, all of which is the sole responsibility of the artist or vendor.

Can I busk for a charitable organization at major intersections?

Charitable street solicitors who stand in street intersections throughout Louisville Metro collecting money for charity are required to obtain a permit from the Department of CODES & REGULATIONS to give them the authority to be in the intersections. We do not consider this busking. There may be additional requirements when working with or for a charitable organization. These regulations apply to anyone who wishes to ask for resources while standing in an intersection. We do not condone artists working in or around major streets, as this is unsafe for the artist or vehicle traffic.

Does Louisville have a Busking Holiday?

Yes! Louisville Kentucky celebrates street musicians and all music in June for the international holiday Fete de la Musique.

Does Louisville have a Busking Association or Busking Directory?

Yes! The Louisville Busking Association Busking Directory can be found on this website. Please fill out the form below to join this directory.

Can I hire a local Busker from the Busking Directory?

Yes! The Louisville Busking Association Busking Directory offers contact and social media information as provided by the artist. Please use their contact information to hire your contract performer. All agreements are with the artist, and information is as provided by the artist, FFH maintains no liability for providing this information as shared by the community.

Join the Busking Directory

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