People In Plazas produces free noontime musical concerts in San Francisco public spaces.
What began as a forum for street performers who were paid by passing the hat has become a program that provides wide exposure and more than 500 paid “gigs” annually for local musicians The series has grown to producing 120 + free performances at lunchtime in public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. The program reaches an audience of more than 30,000 annually. In addition we have produced community gatherings including movie nights, poetry readings, artisan fairs and other events that encourage community use of public spaces.
Our mission is to encourage visitors, residents and workers to use our outdoor public spaces. We strive to make these spaces "everyone's neighborhood". We do this by producing free events in public spaces that are often underused.
The “People in Plazas” series is supported by the Mayor’s Office, Art Commission, SFPD the SF Entertainment Commission and a grant from the Hotel Tax Fund /Grants for the Arts.
Board of Directors
Jim Patrick, President
Patrick & CompanyCarolyn Diamond, Secretary/Treasurer
Executive DirectorMarket Street AssociationDonald SavoieExecutive DirectorCivic CenterCommunity Benefit DistrictDavid Schoenbrun,
PresidentMusicians Local 6, AFMBobbie Webb, Blues and R&B Foundation, KPOO RadioLynn Valente, Program DirectorPatrick Simms, Assistant Program Director
If you are a performer interested participating in the program send your electronic press kit, including mp3 music samples to:
Lynn Valente: Lynn@peopleinplazas.org
Please note that submissions are reviewed in February