Short answer – yes, so long as you follow the rules. Worcester’s street performer rules are part of the city ordinances [Chapter 12 Section 26(h)] found here on page 212.
When you register as a performer for Make Music Day at a venue in the matching system, we will do our best to ensure that the venue meets the requirements. We will also have volunteers on hand to keep an eye on the crowd to make sure public ways are not being blocked. You will still be responsible to make sure that you do not exceed the volume and signage limits.
If you choose to busk on a different day, you will have to ensure that your location is OK under the rules. Note that performing in a city park is never allowed unless you have the permission of the Parks Department.
We hope that you will consider performing outside beyond Make Music Day. Buskers bring vibrancy and fun to cities.
The full text of the street performer rule:
(h) No person shall act or perform as an itinerant musician on any public street or private way shown on the official map of the city, or in any public park, playground, or the Worcester Common, where such person conducts such activity:
(1) within one hundred feet of any: (A) elementary or secondary school; (B) library; (C) church while in session; (D) hospital or nursing home; or, (E) other street performer or group of street performers; or,
(2) in such a manner as to block roadways, sidewalks, crosswalks, driveways, stairways, curb cuts, handicapped access ramps nor block access to buildings, parks, public conveyances, businesses, crosswalks, traffic control poles containing pedestrian crosswalk button(s), or within twenty feet of a fire hydrant or within five feet of any fire alarm or other emergency communication devise, including public telephones, either by the performer’s location, or by the location of any crowd that the performer may draw (for purposes of this ordinance “block” shall mean to reduce the width of an area for pedestrian passage or access to less than thirty-six inches or, in the case of motor vehicles, to an area less than twelve feet); or,
(3) on any portion of a public street which has been closed to usual vehicular or pedestrian traffic for any reason, except that where an authorized street fair or public festival is being conducted, such activities may be conducted only with the permission of the sponsor of such fair or festival; or,
(4) at any time outside of the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; or,
(5) so as to generate noise exceeding a median sound level of eighty decibels measured at a distance of fifty feet from the performer or group of performers; or,
(6) where such activity is conducted within any public park, playground, or the Worcester Common, without the written permission of the Parks & Recreation Commission.
Nothing in this subsection (h) shall prevent any street performer from requesting contributions of money or property at a performance, provided that no sign requesting contributions shall exceed twelve inches by eighteen inches.