Application Guidelines

EntranceBefore receiving a licence to busk on Granville Island, all buskers are required to read and understand the Granville Island Busking Program Regulations.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to these regulations while performing on Granville Island.

There are three types of licences available for Busking on Granville Island:

  1. Acoustic Licence | $80 – access to acoustic locations only
  2. All Access Licence | $120 – access to acoustic and amplified locations
  3. Group Licence | $400 – minimum of four performers: access to Triangle Square and Public Market Courtyard only

We also offer the following:

  • Licence Upgrade | $40 – individual licence only
    – The licence holder is also required to follow the registration requirements for an All Access Licence and be subject to the same application process.
  • Replacement for lost Licence | $35


  1. Applicants must complete a Granville Island Busking application form, as well as submit a three to five minute audition piece representing exactly the type of performance you wish to share with Granville Island audiences.

    —  Online (fillable) Busker Application 2017-2018
    PDF Busker Application 2017-2018

  2. It is highly recommended that you submit a digital copy of your audition piece, which will greatly speed up the application process.  Upon review of your application, you may also be asked to attend a live audition as scheduled by the Granville Island Busker Coordinator.
  3. If you are unable to submit a digital copy of your audition along with your application form, upon review of your application you will be asked to attend a live audition as scheduled by the Granville Island Busker Coordinator.
  4. Successful applicants will then be contacted by the Busker Coordinator to complete the registration process and arrange to pick up their licence.

DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS can be provided a number of ways: dvd, flash drive, sd card, webpage link, youtube clip, and peer-to-peer sharing through Dropbox (or a similar cloud platform).  Contact the Busker Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not submit by email any file that is greater than 5 MB.