Are you a music busker? The Gold Coast CBD wants you
CITY of Gold Coast is conducting a six-month busking trial in Southport and wants music buskers for the central business district.
Divisional councillor Dawn Crichlow said the aim of the trial was to reinvigorate the CBD and give local musicians an additional platform to perform live.
"We want to see Southport come alive with culture and sound, and what better way to create a dynamic atmosphere than to have buskers on some of our street corners?" she said.
"This trial, which aligns with the aims of the City's Culture Strategy, is about activating our CBD and encouraging people to come to Southport.
"Busking has previously only been permitted in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, so now it's Southport's turn to liven up the city."
Local five-piece funk soul fusion band Ivori was the first to take up a Southport busking permit.
Lead singer Marisa De Angel said her relatively new band, that recently played at the monthly Chinatown Street Markets, thought it a great opportunity for more exposure.
"Busking in Southport is going to be a great way to introduce our music to the general public who wouldn't necessarily see our shows at venues," she said.
"Personally I think this is a wonderful way to support live music.
"Most of the time you will find musicians just want to share their music with people.
"Busking is a fun and laid back way to do so."
Busking permits are only open to musicians and are free for the trial period, which ends on December 31.
To apply for a permit, visit: www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/busking.
For inquiries, contact the Gold Coast CBD office on 1300 223 832 or CBD@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.