Music in Parks
Music in Parks Up to $1000 Per Project
Are you interested in bringing performing arts to your local park but aren't sure how to get started? SFPA's Music in Parks program provides funding to support music and performance additions to community park events. If you are planning an event with music and would like to apply for funding, please review the FAQ below, then contact Maria D'Angelico at 415.621.3260 with any questions and for an application. Music in Parks support is awarded on an ongoing basis, and may not be available at the time of your event.
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Music in Parks FAQ
How do I know if I need a permit?
You need a permit to hold an event in a park that is operated by the SF Recreation and Park Department. If you are unsure if your site is owned by RPD, contact their permits and reservations department at 415.831.5500 or visit their website at http://sfrecpark.org/PermitsReservations.aspx.
How long does it take to get a permit?
Allow at least 2 weeks for processing of your application. Remember that you must pay the $50 application fee before your request can be processed.
How much does a permit cost?
It costs $50 to process your application. Once your application is approved, you will receive an invoice for the permit fee. The fee depends on a variety of factors such as number of expected attendees, whether or not staff is needed to open the venue, whether or not security is required, type of event, whether food and beverage is being served, and whether merchandise is being sold. If you are planning to have amplified sound at your event, permit costs may increase. For more details, contact the permits and reservations department at 415-831-5500.
Does the city handle trash removal?
No. You are responsible for removing all trash, recycling, and compost from the site when you leave. You should consider factors such as the number of people you expect, and whether or not you are serving food and beverages and plan accordingly.
Do I need to provide security?
Not all events require security. It depends on the size, type, and whether or not you will be serving alcohol. Permits and reservations staff will inform you if you need security.
Do I need to provide restrooms?
You may need to rent a portable toilet. Whether or not you are required to do so depends on your site’s proximity to existing restrooms, duration of your event, whether food and beverages are being served and the number of people you expect. Permits and reservations staff will inform you if you need a portable toilet.
What if my event is at an indoor location?
Music in Parks only funds performing arts events in outdoor public spaces. Exceptions can be made for events occurring in Rec Center Clubhouses with access to a park or open space.
Where is the best place to have an event?
The best place is in your neighborhood! Depending on the type of event and the audience, you may also wish to consider factors such as size, facilities, and proximity to transit.