Competitions & Contests

Hackensack Summer Busking (Street Performance)

Entry Dates 2022-07-08T23:59:00 - 2022-06-07T07:00:00 3 Days Left




Seeking Performers, Performance Artists, Musicians and More for the Sack Business Alliance Summer Busking (Street Performance) ProgramSubmission Deadline: Friday, July 8, 2022

Apply for the Sack Business Alliance’s Summer Busking Program! Local performers, performance artists, musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers, unique acts, etc. are invited to perform outdoors on Fridays during a predetermined time slot at designated locations on Main Street.

The program will provide local talent with paid work opportunities to engage the community and enliven downtown Hackensack with live music and artistic performances during peak business hours.


Draw visitor and resident traffic to the downtown through the presentation of local arts.
Offer opportunities to support the local arts community and showcase the wide talent present in the City and County.
Strengthen the cultural identity and vibrancy of the downtown through unique arts programming.
Encourage community engagement and exposure to arts and culture.
Reinforce the commitment of the Sack Business Alliance and the City of Hackensack to public art and the value the arts bring to the redevelopment.
Continue supporting public arts to transform the City into an arts/cultural destination.


Eligible performers must be at least 18 years of age and live or work in Bergen County, NJ. Hackensack-based artists encouraged to apply.

Artist/Performer Fees (2-hour time blocks):
1 Artist: $100 Total ($50.00/hr | $100.00/pp)
2 Member Group: $125 Total ($62.50/hr | $62.50/pp)
3 Member Group: $150 Total ($75.00/hr | $50.00/pp)
4 or More Member Group: $200 Total ($100.00/hr | $50.00</pp)* Performers may use some form of container (box, hat, musical instrument case) to accept donations from the general public in return for their performance.

DATES/TIMEFriday, July 29, 2022 Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmFriday, August 5, 2022 Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmFriday, August 12, 2022 Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pmThursday, August 18, 2022 Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


July 29, 2022 The Green at the CourthouseAugust 5, 2022 Sidewalk/entrance of Johnson Public Library, 274 Main StreetAugust 12, 2022 The Sack Mural, 135 Main Street on the corner of Demarest PlaceAugust 18, 2022 Eastside corner of Bergen Street and Main Street


Family friendly content, please.
Original creative work encouraged.
No vulgarity, lewdness, nudity, advertising, political statements, profanity, or violence.
Use of small battery-operated speaker/amp is allowed.
Merchandise may be offered for sale.


NNJCF’s ArtsBergen is collecting submissions of interested applicants. Eligible performers must be at least 18 years of age and live or work in Bergen County, NJ. Hackensack-based artists encouraged to apply. Performers will be selected based on artistic excellence, creativity, and interesting content.

Applicants should register at, complete a short application, and upload a one-minute Demonstration Video. Submissions are due by Friday, July 8, 2022. Performers will be notified by July 20, 2022 if they are selected.

STEP 1: Go to Click on the Register & Apply button and complete the Application Form.

STEP 2: Upload:

One short Demonstration Video
introducing yourself or group. Show us what you do! (Maximum 25 mb in file size. Mp4, mov, avi files are supported).

KEY DATESJune 15, 2022 Call to Artists ReleasedJuly 8, 2022
Application DeadlineJuly 20, 2022 Notification to Selected ArtistsJuly 29, 2022 Busking Program Begins


Any questions please visit
or contact NNJCF’s ArtsBergen at | 201-568-5608.