Calling all buskers!

Apply for our Pop-Up Performer Program and help us activate the streets of Downtown by creating a more enjoyable experience for people on city sidewalks, patios and other public spaces.

Street performances enhance our public spaces by providing fun, free, entertaining and memorable experiences.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI)’s Pop-Up Performer Program welcomes and encourages both local and touring, professional and amateur, buskers to perform within designated public spaces.

Busking performances may range in entertainment styles including, but not limited to:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Acrobatics
  • Magicians
  • Escapology
  • Tarot readings/Fortune telling
  • Clowning/Living statures/Mimes
  • Live painting
  • Chalk artistry
  • Caricatures
  • Comedians
  • Puppeteering/Ventriloquism
  • Live theatre/Acts
  • Hula-hoop performances

Performers are paid $50 an hour.

How To Apply

DGRI invites interested performers to submit an online application.

Upon receipt, Megan Catcho (DGRI's Event Coordinator) will review your application and follow up with you via email.

About Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

DGRI's mission is to make Grand Rapids the most admired, emulated, attractive, and well-run city of its size in the nation - with an unsurpassed reputation as a forward-thinking, bright spot to watch for how to do ‘Downtown’.

As a community-based organization, the foundation of DGRI is engaging the community and developing inter-organizational partnerships that deliver successful outcomes. In addition to our staff, the DGRI model is one that involves more than 120 citizens of the greater Grand Rapids community in the organization’s fiduciary boards, oversight Alliances, and steering committees - each one, an individual with their own voice and vision for Downtown.