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Monday, April 18th, 2011
10:18 pm

Does anyone here busk in New Orleans?

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
6:29 pm - Any tips on Busking laws in europe??
moovermaat  Hi!

I am just about to set out on a year long busk around Europe with my Celtic harp. Im very excited but finding it hard to find any info on regulations in europe. or phone numbers of local authorities. i am wondering if there is anyone out there who can help? any tips what so ever would be greatly appreciated!


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Sunday, June 6th, 2010
2:27 pm - NOLA?

So I'm going to New Orleans in a couple weeks. I'm bringing my tenor sax and playing with a friend who plays guitar. I've never been there before. Have any of you played there before? Recommend any good spots for us to play at? Anything else you'd like to tell me? TIA!

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
2:53 pm - For buskers, who need fame...

If you like street musicians performances - here is what i find on the R&R World music site -

"We are excited to launch a competition for music addicts everywhere! Many people pass entertainers on their way home, to work, or school on a daily or weekly basis. We see and hear their performances in parks, squares, street corners and underground stations. They are buskers, street musicians playing for attention and for money, waiting for their big break.

Some of them are pure talents at their art. Some rely on comedy rather than musical ability. Others are just plain interesting to watch or listen. Why not use your camera to film these artists performing their acts? Ask them a few questions, prepare a brief description and story about the performer, and share this with the world!

Each month we will reward with a digital camera the person who submits the video and story that receives the most votes during that month from the users of R&R World Arena. "


Try yourself! I believe you can win!

current mood: energetic

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Monday, January 18th, 2010
12:26 pm - Bydgoszcz Buskers Festival in Poland, 1-3 july 2010



to all buskers who are staying in Europe during summer 2010!

We are located in the middle-north Poland,

and are really happy to announce that we've started preparations for this year's Bydgoszcz Buskers Festival edition. Just like every year, Bydgoszcz's city centre will turn into arena of performances of street artists, amusing public with their fascinating shows! The festival takes place between 1st and 3rd july.

Are interested? Would you like to visit us?

Write to us, we are waiting ! info@buskersfestival.bydgoszcz.com

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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
12:47 am - This Week's Edition of "Ask a Busker"

Hiya everyone.

Thanks for great support and start to the new segment on my blog 'Adventures in Gambling, Grifting and Street Performing' over on blogspot.

There's been a few more questions asked over on "Ask A Busker".
This week we're dealing with how to get permits in a city that has no laws for or against busking, and where to look for venues in a new town!

Remember folks, much like the art of busking, this series will only be as awesome with participation! Please feel free to follow along online, or submit your own questions!

Thanks! Hope your holidays were awesome!

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Friday, December 18th, 2009
10:07 pm - Ask a Busker!

Hi kids!

I've decided to start a regular little segment on my blog called Ask A Busker!

I started it this evening after discussing the topic of "frequent questions people ask" me as a street performer. I figured I might as well answer those questions people seem to fire off at me all the time. Since it's the winter time and I'm not busking that much, I figured, now's the time to compile a list of those annoying/thought-provoking questions and start answering them!

Coincidentally, the first post is about why I don't street perform in the winter!

Please read it! Please send in your questions!

Much like the art of busking, it has the potential to be a lot of fun pending on how many people interact with it. So, please contribute!

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
9:02 am - article on busking in Toronto

an interesting article researched last year, written this year by a journalist who followed a bunch of us for a couple of weeks. Some fact-twisting aside, I think it's a pretty good read. Although, for any of you out there looking to come to Toronto to work, this year some heavier laws were enacted against internationals so good luck with that! :p

Buskers World.

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Monday, October 5th, 2009
9:41 pm - Art and Money

I made a blog entry recently on the tension between art and money, and though it would appropriate for this community, especially for buskers who've encountered all sorts of stigmas for what they do!

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Monday, August 24th, 2009
9:49 pm - article

Heya folks! I'm currently on the road so I'll keep it short!

Ever wanna read about the humble beginnings of a professional street performer? Check out this article on yours truly!

Portrait of a Young Street Performer

Thanks a lot! Hope you are having a great day!

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009
9:08 pm

Hi, totally new to the idea of busking, though seasoned in performing. Anyway, a  friend and I have an unusual dance act which we have found draws big crowds when we have done it for charity, and as I am a struggling (trainee) drama teacher, and he is longterm unemployed (yep, we are in a bit of a black-spot) we are considering the possibility of doing it as a busking/ street entertainment thing. I have a battery powered PA-y thing that will do our music. but has anyone else here done dance rather than music/ living statue/ juggling as a busking act, and if you have, how have you found it? 

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Sunday, August 9th, 2009
12:57 pm

hi, so I have a super silly question, and please refer me to a better place to ask it if this is the wrong place.

I have never done busking at all or even played in front of people much. I write, play guitar, and record a lot but it's on my own. I'm about to study abroad in Edinburgh and kind of want to try busking there. Number one, if a person doesn't take up much space/use electronics and doesn't make much money, as I'm sure will be the case for me, do they need to get a license?

Number two, what is the right place to play so no one will be mad at me? I'm sure there are people who are actually good at busking who would be like "wtf are you doing here in my busking place" and I'm pretty shy and would like to avoid confrontation, especially because this is just an experiment that probably won't be too successful.

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Monday, June 1st, 2009
1:46 pm - busking in NYC

Hi all,

I'm going to be in New York for a few days. Does anyone know the legalities of busking in the city? I believe you need a permit to play in the subway; is that true? What about on the street?

If anyone else plays Irish music or contra tunes, I'd love to meet up and jam. : )

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Monday, May 4th, 2009
2:26 pm - A new online presence for New York's buskers

Hi everyone,
I've set up a performance/art website for New York's street artists. There's a clickable map on the front page where you can see the location of street performers and artists, plus videos and photos and some contact information. It's supposed to showcase the talents of the artists and to provide them with an audience past that of the sidewalk. There's no money involved in the site, and any business you get from it is entirely yours. I'm not trying to make a buck, it's just a personal project of mine. I hope you like it, and I'm looking forward to getting feedback.

Here's the site:

Nick Broad

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Sunday, April 12th, 2009
12:56 am - Guerrilla Busker On Tour!


current mood: bouncy

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009
5:20 pm - Squidoo Lens on Busking in Seattle

With the weather still a bit cold and wet here in Seattle, I recently started writing a bit about busking, instead of actually doing it (LOL). It probably needs a bit of tweaking yet; but I've got a Squidoo lens up about Busking in Seattle. Hope it looks okay. I originally got into writing lenses as a way to promote some of my Cafepress shops; but I noticed there were a number of topics not being written about too extensively.

Anyway, thought I'd put up a link to it here, should y'all be curious...

current mood: sleepy

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Thursday, February 12th, 2009
11:55 pm - work-blog

Hey guys!

So, I'm going to Sierra Leone, Africa in a couple of months to do some circus with kids in orphanages and have created a blogspot account to document the process, and, to further document my career in street performing. If y'all are interested and have an account with them, please feel free to add me! :)

kate awesome


(xposted.. apologies if this comes up on your flist too much)

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009
10:41 am

Hi. I'm working on a new website devoted to what people can make possible and was wondering if any of you guys would be interested in helping me pre-seed the site with content. Any cool performance tips you want to show the world?

Here's what I need from you?
• Be 18-24 years old
• Tell me what your unique skills you want to share with the world
• Email them to possible at thaddus dot com
• Expect to hear back from me within the next 24 hours. I will choose which ones I want you to write up and pay you $25.

Feel free to repost, forward to friends.

Thank you.

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Festival of World Cultures, Dublin – Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August ’09

Now, in its ninth year, the Festival of World Cultures is an annual three-day celebration of traditional cultures held each August in Dun Laoghaire Town, just 10km outside Dublin City. The Festival offers a kaleidoscopic programme of concerts and club nights, fairs and markets, dance and street events, workshops and a gigantic feast of global arts and cultures. Buskers and street performers are a key element of the Festival’s outdoor programme; bringing music, dance, circus, atmosphere and much more to the Festival streets. For this year’s Festival, Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August, we are seeking innovative street performers and buskers. Preference will be given to those with a cultural slant. With a footfall of 230,000 in 2008, there are fantastic opportunities for the successful applicants.
Do you think you have what we are looking for?
Please email info@fwc.ie for more information on the application process. All buskers and street performers need festival accreditation in order to perform over the Festival weekend


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Saturday, November 29th, 2008
6:52 pm - Is the economy affecting U.S. buskers?

Hello, it's me again. Has anyone besides me noticed that attention and tips for buskers have fallen off significantly in recent months? It has definitely been my experience (even here in Seattle, even at Pike Place Market and the local bus tunnel!). Have things been better or worse in terms of earnings for buskers in your city during the past three to six months?

Just thought I'd do an unofficial, um, study or something (LOL). And if things are getting difficult in your area, I of course hope it improves very soon!!

current mood: penurious

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