Millvale Proposes Law to Make Sidewalks Busker-Friendly

Busking, commonly defined as the performance of music in public spaces, is slowly gaining popularity in Pittsburgh.

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Musicians and others who like to perform in public places may want to consider moving to Millvale.

The borough is proposing an ordinance that would allow street musicians to apply for permits online. Millvale also is planning to open a sidewalk stage at the intersection of Grant and North avenues.

The legislation is a sign of the growing popularity of live street performances, known as busking, in Pittsburgh. Eric Sloss is a principal partner of Shift Collaborative, a marketing agency hoping to bring more live music to city streets. 

“It’s about providing a safe space for residents to come and enjoy the downtown Millvale area,” Sloss told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. said. “[Millvale is] looking at it as a way to enhance their streetscapes through public performance.”

Sloss believes many municipalities around Pittsburgh have ambiguous laws that often can lead to arguments between police and street musicians. In Millvale, if the ordinance is approved, police will be involved in the busking permit approval process.

Millvale's new sidewalk stage won't be the first in the area. Last year, similar street stages were installed in Squirrel Hill and also are planned for East Liberty and Bloomfield.

“We want to make Pittsburgh a place where musicians from the world over can come and play,” Sloss told the PG.


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