Street Artists licensing

It’s about San Francisco street artists working for themselves and making a living by their own hands.


Seeking Street Artists Licensing Advisory Committee Members:
The San Francisco Arts Commission Street Artists Program certifies artists to sell their work in designated spaces throughout the City. We are looking for individuals with experience in a wide variety of arts/crafts disciplines and a background in facilitating arts/crafts markets who care about keeping San Francisco’s oldest local arts marketplaces alive to join the Advisory Committee. As an Advisory Committee member, you will play an integral part in upholding the quality of a program that will soon be celebrating its 45th anniversary.

Job Description: The Advisory Committee advises the Arts Commission on matters relating to the wares produced by the street artists which includes but is not limited to:
- attending publicly-accessible screening meetings where Advisory Committee members evaluate the arts and crafts of applicants;
- attending studio visits as necessary as part of the evaluation process.

Background / Who are we looking for? The Advisory Committee consists of 5 members who are appointed by the Mayor. Each member serves a 2 year term and is allotted up to 35 meetings/assignments per year. Members receive $100 compensation per screening/assignment.  

We are looking for individuals who are artists or crafts people, engaged in the arts as a profession, and/or strongly rooted in fields related to the arts with a wide range of knowledge of arts/crafts disciplines. Individuals should have experience facilitating art/crafts markets. One individual must be an art educator. 

Staff does due diligence to ensure that the make-up of the  Advisory Committee is equitably representative of San Francisco's demographics.

How to apply: Interested persons with applicable backgrounds may submit a cover letter, and resume to Arts Commission, Street Artists Licensing, 401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 325, San Francisco, CA 94102 or You must also fill out a supplemental questionnaire. Applications and questionnaire must be submitted by February 28, 2017.

Next steps: After the application deadline, SFAC staff will review all applications and questionnaires and schedule interviews for finalists. The Arts Commission will submit 3 names per open position to the Mayor for appointment.

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Advisory Committee member. We appreciate your commitment to the arts.


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To Apply:

To be licensed as a Street Artist in SF:

  1. Download an application and read about the licensing and screening process.
  2. Read about our screening guidelines/criteria.
  3. Check the screening meeting schedule and monthly agenda.
  4. After successful application and screening, receive your Street Artist’s certificate.
  5. Get assigned to a selling space by joining the daily lottery.
  6. Still have questions? Contact us.


Quarter Schedule:
Q1: July 1 - August 31
Q2: October 1 – December 31
Q3: January 1 – March 31
Q4: April 1 – June 30

$184 (quarter)
$738 (annual)

Program Handbook

Review the Street Artists Program "Bluebook."


Revitalizing An Urban Arts Market: An Evaluation of the Street Artists Licensing Program: Report (PDF) 

Revitalizing An Urban Arts Market: Feasibility Analysis of Program Evaluation Recommendations (PDF)


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