The Arts Centre Mākete busking application

Calling all young performers! The Arts Centre Mākete wants to celebrate your talent.

Whether you’re a solo singer/songwriter, a rocking three-piece band, a dance troupe of 10, or a comedy duo, you could shine under our spotlight for 15 or 30 minutes.

Acts must register their interest as spaces are limited and the programme will be curated to ensure it is varied.


These Terms and Conditions apply to all Buskers who have been offered a time slot to busk at the Arts Centre Mākete on Sunday 6 October 2019. All Buskers and their caregivers are required to read these terms and conditions and confirm their agreement by completing the tick box at the bottom of the application form.

Any questions can be emailed directly to

Buskers may cancel their time slot by emailing or calling the Arts Centre Mākete coordinator Abbie Pickrill on 022 620 8668. We request that all cancellations are made at least 24 hours before the event.


  • All equipment provided by the Arts Centre Mākete remain the property of The Arts Centre.
  • It is the Busker’s and their caregivers responsibility to ensure all equipment brought to the Mākete has been erected securely and is operated in a safe manner.
  • Any electrical equipment must be approved by The Arts Centre team before use and must have a current electrical safety tag (Mitre 10 offer this service).
    • Anyone using electrical equipment that is not safety tagged will be asked to shut it down.


  • Access times will be emailed out with the set-up information about a week before the Mākete.
  • Buskers will be able to use a loading/unloading zone but must park offsite once unloaded.


  • The Mākete operates in varying weather conditions.
  • It is the responsibility of the Busker to bring their own covers and other equipment for the purpose of protection against adverse weather conditions.
  • The Mākete may be cancelled due to adverse weather. The Arts Centre will let you know if this is the case at least two hours prior to your performance time. Please assume you are performing unless you hear otherwise.


  • Buskers are not permitted to perform acts that are offensive, sexist, racist, or homophobic or considered generally offensive by Arts Centre team.


The Arts Centre reserves the right to withhold consent to busk at its Mākete from a Busker, or to remove from the Mākete a Busker who is in breach of, or does not comply with, the terms and conditions or code of conduct.


  • The Busker and their caregiver agree that at any time the Busker is in the Mākete, they will:
  • Respond cooperatively to any direction given by Mākete staff in relation to the operation and occupation of their equipment and vehicle during set up and pack out, this may include instructions given in order to meet The Arts Centres obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
  • Leave the site in the same condition in which it was before their performance. If any damage is caused to the site, then costs of making good shall be borne by the Busker.
  • Report to Mākete staff any incident or accident to any person or property that involves loss or could be expected to give rise to a claim.
  • Not place or affix any product or signage to any permanent building, structure or vegetation.


Buskers and caregivers must:

  • Not interfere with public pedestrian access or access to and from adjoining properties.
  • Be considerate towards neighbouring businesses adjoining the Mākete.
  • Not conduct themselves in an abusive, offensive or violent manner.
  • Treat customers, members of the public, other Buskers, stallholders and The Arts Centre and Mākete staff with respect. If an issue occurs, that issue must be brought to the attention of the Mākete team.
  • Abide by the Arts Centre’s smoking policy. In particular, all parties agree to not smoke within the Mākete area, within any of The Arts Centre buildings, or within 5 metres of any building.


The Arts Centre site and almost all of its buildings are heritage listed. Buskers are obliged to respect those heritage values and refrain from any action or inaction that might contribute to a reduction in value, or that might have a negative impact on the heritage fabric of the site.
Buskers and caregivers must:

  • Report any damage to The Arts Centre as soon as practically possible after it occurs.
  • Leave areas in as good a condition as they were when they arrived.
  • Ensure nothing is leaned against, dragged or dropped on flooring, stonework, blue stone tiles or painted surfaces.
  • Not smoke, or allow smoking in any of the buildings, quadrangles or Mākete area.
  • Not allow the use of substances that may have a detrimental effect on the heritage values of the site and/or present a health and safety risk and/or are strictly restricted (for example, materials that are corrosive, flammable, toxic, or explosive). Please discuss requirements with The Arts Centre.


  • Under no circumstances will The Arts Centre Mākete make good or accept responsibility or liability in respect of any loss, theft or damage caused or sustained in any way to the venue or any of Buskers’ property, goods, articles or things whatsoever placed, deposited, brought into or left at The Arts Centre Mākete for the Buskers’ use or purpose by another person, or left or deposited with any officer or servant of The Arts Centre. Buskers must indemnify and hold The Arts Centre and officers and servants of harmless in respect thereof.
  • The Arts Centre will not be liable for any loss due to any breakdown of machinery, failure of supply of electricity, leakage of water, fire, government restriction, force majeure or any event that may cause the facilities to be temporarily closed or the Mākete be interrupted or cancelled.