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Music Policy

Music at the Market

BIFMA looks for musicians and other performers to enrich the experience of the community at the market.  Music is scheduled weekly (minimum of 3 weeks per month) with local musicians as paid performers.  Musicians signed up to perform from 10 AM to 2 PM on market days receive $175 compensation.  Other time slots are available for 2 hours with $90 compensation. We also host a day for busking for performers to drop in to provide an hour of music without pay to gift the community with their music.  

If you wish to be a performer in our weekly rotation, please go to the performers page on our website to apply.  Please see information below for rules for all performers.

Performing at Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market

The purpose of the market is to improve business conditions of local farmers, gardeners, processors, artists and craftspeople and to provide access to fresh local food and handmade goods to the community. The rights of the market vendors take precedence over the rights of the musicians, performers, and buskers. 

Musician/Performer/Busker Rules

  • Performers must play ONLY in the designated musician/busking zone.  You may not erect any tents, tables, easy-up, or structure of any kind.  

  • Musicians must play acoustically or with very low amplification. Market Manager may ask you to turn down your amp. 

  • All performances must be considered family friendly. Obscenity or indecency will not be tolerated.  

  • Any performer determined by the Market Manager to not be complying with the market rules will be asked to leave. Performances must not interfere with market operations or any vendor’s ability to do business.  

  • Performers must ensure that the performance area is not blocking the flow of public movement and that it does not interfere with the fire lane. It is your responsibility to instruct people to move closer if a crowd develops.  

  • BIFMA is not liable for any injury, theft or damage to either the performer or their property arising out of, or pertaining to, the preparation or participation; whether such injury, theft, or damage occurred prior, during, or after the market, the busker agrees to indemnify and hold the market harmless for and against any claims for such injury, theft or damage. Buskers are responsible for the security of their possessions. 

  • Performers are allowed to collect tips. Performers cannot ask for money or require payment but may place a donation basket in one location and it cannot be passed around.  CD sales are permitted. It is the responsibility of the performer to report all income, including tips, to the state tax commission. 

  • BIFMA currently does not have a license to allow performances of copyrighted music. Musicians may only perform original music or music in the public domain (any song or musical work published in 1922 or earlier). All musicians are responsible for paying any fee associated with their music.  


If you want to busk

  • Meet with the Market Manager on the event date designated for buskers at the market or email the manager ahead of the date to inform her of your interest at

  • The manager will go over the rules with you. 

  • You can sign-up for a 1-hour time slot, 10 minutes before each hour. There is no guarantee of space, spots are first come, first serve. 


All buskers must check-in with the market manager before setting up. Buskers must cooperate with adjacent vendors. Should the market receive a complaint from any vendor regarding a performance, the manager has the authority to move and reassign performer spots to facilitate market operations.  

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