<![CDATA[Busker Central It's the Law Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers <![CDATA[Victory in York that keeps streets alive!]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=173&c=4&sid=0a2eb8a5151e0e5f0b96aee1cec976c1 (YORK) City Halls often see busking as a potential problem to be managed and restricted. The victory with the York City Council resulted in a document designed to encourage and welcome buskers from all over the world.
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An online petition was started by the Keep Streets Live Campaign. It was signed by over 4000 people and called on York to scrap their restrictive policy and work with the busking community to produce new guidance. It seems while one town is outlawing busking and street performing, another is begging for buskers to revitalize their historic and shopping districts.

The York document may influence London's policy that criminalizes street musicians. A campaign has been set up to challenge it and protect Britain's public spaces. The Camden dispute has organized buskers consulting in the House of Lords, taking the...

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<![CDATA[Tombstone "the town to tough to die"]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2305&b=112&c=4&sid=0a2eb8a5151e0e5f0b96aee1cec976c1 <![CDATA[New rules considered for Venice Beach Boardwalk]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=67&c=4&sid=0a2eb8a5151e0e5f0b96aee1cec976c1 (VENICE BEACH) The Venice Beach boardwalk is known as a happening place. However, the Los Angeles City Council thinks there may be too much going on there.
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After receiving hundreds of complaints from area residents over the past year, the council has asked city lawyers to draw up some new rules. The new rules could include a ban on musical instruments and amplified sound between sunset and 9 A.M.

The council wants to crack down on street performers that draw big crowds and clog the boardwalk. The council also wants to limit the size and number of demonstrations. Many people consider the boardwalk a free speech zone.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl says it's the first step toward creating a more peaceful environment for boardwalk business owners, residents and thousands of visitors.

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<![CDATA[Ocean City's boardwalk to limit pitches]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=44&c=4&sid=0a2eb8a5151e0e5f0b96aee1cec976c1 Ocean City, Maryland city council passed a resolution limiting it's boardwalk buskers and street performers to two pitches "so everybody can co-exist a little bit better", said Mayor Rick Meehan. The performers lobbied against the the ordinance which would keep them away from store-fronts and benches.
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In a written statement that was evidently read to the council, "If it is the intention of the council to eliminate street performing, then I urge them to pass this new ordinance", said busker Alexander Osborn whose reverse-psychology probably didn't help.

The law was passed unanimously by council members. The boardwalk is a well-known beach hangout and visited by over 2.4 million tourists a year. The performers were successful in making one change, however. They can...

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<![CDATA[Buskers vs. Las Vegas for pitch on Strip]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=51&c=4&sid=0a2eb8a5151e0e5f0b96aee1cec976c1 William Jablonski, a regular busker on the Vegas strip, claims he has been harassed by officers who have repeatedly cited him for obstructing the pavement, disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance.
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Mr Jablonski, who signs autographs, poses for tourists and once performed for a televised Elvis tribute at the MGM Grand, is taking police to court to prove that impersonating "The King" is a constitutional right.

The street performer claims that he has been wrongfully hounded by officers.

He stopped performing in public after he was cited for obstructing the pavement in 2007.

A year later, having donned his velvet suit again, he was confronted as he sang in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino by a Las Vegas police officer who told him not to have his picture taken with tourists or accept...

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