Terms and Conditions

Read the Terms and Conditions, agree by checking the box at the end, this will take you to the Busking Registration form.


1.     A musical busker is an entertainer who provides impromptu performances for the public by playing a musical instrument, dancing and/or singing in public places. Buskers may receive a monetary appreciation from the audience for their performance but may not solicit funds in a way which is likely to cause any discomfort to individuals.

2.     All buskers must include a live element to their performance – RECORDED MUSIC is not to be played during breaks.

3.     Registration for busking is compulsory for the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2017.

4.     To be eligible to compete in this competition and to perform at the Best of the Buskers Concert you must be registered.

5.     Busking Registration numbers must be displayed at all times.


6.     Judging of the Toyota LandCruiser Country Music Busking Championships will be conducted daily, commencing on Friday 20 January 2017.

7.     The top ten busking acts will be notified of their selection on Friday 27 January and invited to participate in the Toyota LandCruiser Best of the Buskers Concert on Saturday 28 January 2017.

8.     Each finalist will perform two songs.

9.     Each act will be judged at the concert by a panel of judges whose decision will be final.

10.   Prizes will be awarded for Best Country Act and Runner-Up and a People’s Choice Winner.

Site allocations:

11.   Buskers with a pre-existing relationship or agreement with a retailer should include their site location. Buskers are encouraged to liaise with retailers either before the Festival or when they arrive in Tamworth in order to find a location. Tamworth Regional Council will provide limited assistance to those who are unable to find a location to busk.

12.   It is also important to note that there will be busking exclusion zones at the Fitzroy Street/Peel Street intersection in Peel Street. See map below.

Buskers_Exclusion_Zones_Peel_Street no date

Sound Levels:

13.   Sound levels must not exceed 80dB. In certain circumstances buskers may be asked to reduce their volume even if the sound level is at or below 80dB. 

14.   Sound levels will be strictly limited – this will be monitored throughout the festival.  Any busker deemed to be playing too loudly will be instructed to reduce the volume. Authorised officers of the Tamworth Regional Council will be very strict on this in 2017. If you are found to be in breach of this condition you may be disqualified from the competition and have your busking permit revoked immediately.

15.   Failure to comply will also result in the competitor not being covered by Tamworth Regional Council’s Public Liability Insurance.

Vehicular access to Peel Street and CBD:

16.   Strict road closures operate during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Vehicle access into Peel Street is prohibited during the Festival road closed period. Period to be advised.

17.   Buskers are encouraged to perform with a limited amount of equipment as entry into Peel Street will be via foot.

Power access:

18.   Tamworth Regional Council will allocate access to power poles in the CBD. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure the activity shall be carried out so as to not endanger or do anything which is likely to endanger the public. As there are a limited number of power poles in Peel Street, buskers are not guaranteed access to power.

19.   All electrical equipment and power cables must be tested and tagged within the last 12 months. In addition, power cables must be heavy duty and suitable for outdoor use. Failure to comply with this may result in busking registration being cancelled.

YouTube Video Upload:

In 2017 it is optional for buskers to upload their video clip. The clip may be used for promotion of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and online across our website, Facebook pages, Twitter, YouTube Channel and more.

20.   The organisers reserve the right to refuse any video clip entry deemed unsuitable or offensive.


21.   Buskers are expected to act in a friendly manner respectful of other buskers, CBD businesses, Festival patrons and staff. Buskers who do not behave in this manner may have their Busking Permit revoked.

22.   If equipment is provided for the use of any busker at the concert on Saturday 28 January 2017, the busker or buskers shall be solely responsible for the care and correct use thereof and any damage shall be compensable to the Organisers.

23.   Authorised officers of the Tamworth Regional Council may at any time instruct a busker to cease busking if the officer is of the opinion that the performance is causing public inconvenience or nuisance or is likely to cause harm to the public or property. The busker must immediately comply with such a request.

24.   Buskers must not use dangerous implements including knives, swords (including theatrical knives & swords) or any activity involving the use of fire or animals.

25.   Employees of the Organiser (Tamworth Regional Council) and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

26.   Any breach of these terms and conditions shall render the party in breach of the terms and conditions, ineligible for any prize in the competition and may also result in the party being asked to cease performing immediately

27.   Busking is not permitted between 12am and 7am.

28.   The Organisers do not accept  any responsibility for the loss or damage or injury of any kind whatsoever occurring to a participant in this competition and all participants by signing these Terms and Conditions hereby acknowledge they have entered into this competition entirely at their own risk.

29.   Buskers are entitled to sell their own merchandise. Only merchandise as disclosed on the Busking Registration Form and approved by Tamworth Regional Council may be sold.

30.   If any of the above Terms and Conditions are breached, you may have your Busking Permit revoked and be asked to leave.

31.   In order to receive a permit for busking, you must fit the description of a musical busker as stated above. Permits for ‘street artists & entertainers’ and ‘trading’ are available from Tamworth Regional Council or www.tcmf.com.au.

32.   Persons found to be acting outside of this description who have obtained a permit under false pretences will have their Busking Permit removed immediately and will not be eligible to obtain any other permit for the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

33.   Keep busking coins in your case to a minimum and keep valuables in a safe place.

Everyone is welcome to busk at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and we wish all buskers the best of luck during the Toyota LandCruiser Country Music Busking Championships Tamworth 2017!

Mandatory field(s) marked with *