Street performance, like other forms of artistic expression, is protected by the First Amendment. But freedom of speech is not absolute; the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that local, state and federal governments may enact reasonable time, place and manner restrictions that address legitimate societal concerns. This brief guide is designed to clarify your rights. Our draft voluntary best practices guide is being revised. The final version will be posted soon. If you'd like a free St. Louis Street Performers badge, contact us. More info about street performance here.
We offer legal and accounting assistance to artists and arts organizations with arts-related legal and accounting problems. If you live in our service area (Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois), the first step is completing an application form.
Not an artist or with an arts organization?
We offer a wide variety of educational programs that help artists and arts organizations navigate the complicated world of finance and law, including seminars, speakers, publications, a resource library and this website.