As an Independent Musician, you sometimes look for ways to showcase your music and sell your album at the same time; and street performing is one of them. If you are looking for experience, street performance is a great place to start since it allows you to interact with people directly. It is also great practice for you to get to know how to get a crowd going and experiment on ways to elevate your listener’s interest.
Aside from being fun, promoting yourself, networking, and getting experience out of it, you also get to make memories with the people you meet, which is the most important part of anything you do.
-Ok so at this point you are around the area of Santa Monica CA. and are looking for a cool spot to show your skills, well… look no further because the City of Santa Monica has one of the greatest places to get you started. Performing at the 3rd Street Promenade is easier than you think and the way to be allowed to do so runs like this:
- You can go to Santa Monica’s City Hall to obtain a “Street Performance Permit” located at 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401Room 103. Remember to get a copy of all the Rules and Regulations for Street Performers.
- According to Santa Monica’s Municipal Code, you will be able to get an application in person.
- Remember to bring proper identification:
- -Driver’s License, Passport, or your Student ID
- -Your current address information
- –Two passport-size pictures are also required
- You will need to describe your performance on the application, including the instruments you will need.
- If you are under the age of 16, the State of California requires you to obtain an “Entertainment Work Permit” which you can obtain from the Department of Industrial Relations of the State of California.
- -Parents must be present during performance.
- Keep in mind that the application process may take up to three days.
- As of this post’s date, the License Fee is $37 US Dollars.
- Issued Permits are valid for a year and runs from January 1st. to December 31st.
- If you have a group of musicians playing with you, each performer has to obtain his/her own separate performance permit.
For more questions about how to obtain a Street Performance Permit, you can call them directly at (310) 458-8745. The business hours for City Hall Permits Office are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and alternate Fridays.
Once you’ve received confirmation about your permit being processed you are allowed to perform at a designated performance zone. In which case you must have your permit visible at all times. Be sure to check the proper hours of operation, you don’t want to get kicked out in the middle of your performance.