Community & Street Performer Program

The Community & Street Performer Program is a project of the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) in partnership with other community organizations. The Community & Street Performer Program pays performers to appear on the streets during events and in various outdoor and indoor venues throughout Central Ohio. Tapping into the amazing talent of our city’s artists, this program shines a spotlight on the creative energy of Columbus and ensures that artists receive fair compensation for their time.

Partner Guidelines

Below you will find links to our partner’s guidelines. Please review these carefully as each partner has specific requirements.

Community & Street Performer General Cancellation Policy (this may vary by partner, please review their guidelines for their specific cancellation policy and any other unique conditions):

  • If the performer cancels at any time, they will not be paid. Performers are requested to provide at least three days’ notice, but more if possible, if they need to cancel a performance.
  • Canceling less than 24 hours in advance may jeopardize a performer’s chances for future bookings.
  • If the Partner cancels 24 hours or less in advance the Performer will be paid in full.

Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Pearl Market Performer Guidelines

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Greater Columbus Convention Center Guidelines

Selection and booking will be done by convention planners, requirements and logistics will vary. Most performances will take place inside the Convention Center.

John Glenn International Airport

Melodies in Motion Program

Short North Alliance

GCAC Sponsored Block at Short North Gallery Hop Guidelines

To perform in other spaces throughout the Short North at Gallery Hop, please visit and complete the Gallery Hop application.

Video Tutorials

NEW!!! Watch our new video tutorials for applying for Project Support, BOOST and Artists in the Community grants and an overview of GoArts, GCAC’s online application portal