Open Culture is a new permit type available from the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) allowing for ticketed performances. Arts and cultural institutions, as well as entertainment venues, will have the opportunity to secure a permit for single day, socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all five boroughs.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications open on March 1st at 12 PM. The program will run through October 31st, 2021. 

You can learn more about eligibility, guidelines and application details online.

Learn more about the Open Culture permit.


Eligible arts and cultural institutions include:

  • Members of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG)
  • Recipients of Cultural Development Fund (CDF) support
  • Recipients of borough arts council funding in 2019 or 2020
  • Other groups eligible for CDF grant funding but haven’t received before

Eligible cultural venues (performance venues) include entertainment facilities designed to be used for a performance in front of a live audience, such as concert venues, theaters, and other establishments.

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