Northern NJ Community Foundation Announces Call for Artists for Summer Busking Street Performance Program

(Bergen County, New Jersey; June 15, 2022) -- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen initiative announces an open call for artists to apply to the Sack Business Alliance’s Summer Busking Program in the City of Hackensack, New Jersey. 


The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey.  The NNJCF's work focuses primarily on the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, philanthropy, and public health.

            The NNJCF's ArtsBergen invites local performers, performance artists, musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers, unique acts, and others to apply for an opportunity to perform outdoors on Fridays during a predetermined time slot at designated locations on and around Main Street in the City of Hackensack.  The program will provide local talent with paid work opportunities to engage the community and stimulate Hackensack's downtown with live music and artistic performances during peak business hours.  Performers must be at least 18 years of age and live or work in Bergen County, New Jersey.  Artists applying to the call should submit an application by Friday, July 8, 2022.

            The Busking Street Performance Program, developed and implemented by the NNJCF's ArtsBergen, and sponsored by The Sack Business Alliance, encourages community engagement and exposure to arts and culture.  The program also reinforces the Sack Business Alliance and the City of Hackensack's commitment to public art and the value the arts bring to the downtown's redevelopment.  Additional project goals include:

·      Drawing visitor and resident traffic to the downtown through the presentation of local arts;

·      Offering opportunities to support the local arts community and showcase the wide talent present in the City of Hackensack and Bergen County;

·      Strengthening the cultural identity and vibrancy of the downtown through unique arts programming; and

·      Continuing to support public arts to transform the City of Hackensack into an arts/cultural destination.

            For further information about the project, the timeline, selection requirements, compensation, performance locations, an application, and other details, go to  For further information, contact or call 201-568-5608.  Learn more about the Foundation and its ArtsBergen initiative on its website,

            Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, philanthropy, and public health.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

            For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608.  Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen, Instagram at nnjcf_artsbergen, LinkedIn, Twitter @NNJCF and YouTube.

NNJCF's ArtsBergen Initiative

            The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative, a regional arts alliance, works with various stakeholders.  These stakeholders encompass artists, arts organizations, businesses and municipal leaders, who use the arts to shape the social, physical, cultural, and economic identity of communities.  Creative placemaking, a community-led, arts-driven approach, is used to increase vibrancy, spur economic development, and build capacity among residents to take ownership of their communities.

            ArtsBergen is the only initiative in Bergen County, New Jersey offering a range of services in creative placemaking.  The initiative has partnered with multiple municipalities facilitating creative teams, developing public art and creative placemaking plans, and directing and managing public art projects to preserve and express community culture.  For more information about the ArtsBergen initiative, visit     



Photo Caption: Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen initiative announces a call for artists for the City of Hackensack's Summer Busking Street Performance Program.

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