<![CDATA[Busker Central Odds and ends Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?page=&mode=recent_blogs&feed=ATOM&limit=5&c=8&sid=7bc8dc82c82c983ea681e13d36574f29 2017-12-13T17:34:19-05:00 <![CDATA[The Big Busk raises over £10,000]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=195&c=8&sid=7bc8dc82c82c983ea681e13d36574f29 2016-11-03T21:40:49-04:00 2016-11-03T21:40:49-04:00 (SHREWSBURY) What started as a tribute to busker Ben Bebbington by his family and friends has swelled to event with over 40 musical acts. Ben was tragically killed in a senseless murder by two teenagers in September of 2012.
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Made up of over 200 people who filled the town with a carnival atmosphere, Happy Days in Shrewsbury took place in the town’s beautiful medieval centre. Raising over £10,000, it was a celebration of community, music and talent all in glorious sunshine. It also raised awareness and funds for The Shrewsbury Ark - a charity that had supported Ben in recent years and meant a huge amount to him.

A known busker within the town, Ben was an excellent musician and would often play his guitar in some late great impromptu jams. Other muses would join him after-hours and perform standards and original so...

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<![CDATA[Re-imagining Times Square]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=194&c=8&sid=7bc8dc82c82c983ea681e13d36574f29 2016-10-03T00:20:10-04:00 2016-10-03T00:20:10-04:00 (NEW YORK) Times Square, the self-proclaimed "Crossroads of the World," is the top destination for tourists hoping for the quintessential Gotham experience. An article by John Tierney in City Journal magazine takes us through a 2+ decades trip of Times Square. Recent developments have converted automobile traffic lanes into lanes for street-performers and street-vendors.
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"Fake Buddhist monks begging for money, living statues, the Naked Cowboy, topless women, and a horde of costumed cartoon characters are all pressuring tourists to pay them for a picture - because nothing says New York like a selfie with the Incredible Hulk."

"A remade Times Square could start taking shape at the end of this year when the new plaza is supposed to be finished. By then, city officials hope to have...

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<![CDATA[New program features buskers in Chattanooga]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=190&c=8&sid=7bc8dc82c82c983ea681e13d36574f29 2016-07-03T21:49:08-04:00 2016-07-03T21:49:08-04:00 (CHATTANOOGA) New liberal rules favor buskers and street performers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Over 50 musicians have registered to participate. The musicians include guitarists, cellists, singers, keyboardists and a person who plays a didgeridoo, the wind instrument developed by indigenous Australians about 1,500 years ago.
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It's all part of SoundCorps' new Sidewalk Stages program. Each of the 15 to 30 musicians who are scheduled to perform two-hour sets from Friday through Sunday is paid $25 by SoundCorps. They also get to keep any tips they make. Those tips are averaging between $40 and $70.

Buskers can perform in public places, such as sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and the parks between them. There are some minimal rules. Performing under the influence and substance abuse is not permitted.

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<![CDATA[Buskin' City uncovers new busking plan]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=184&c=8&sid=7bc8dc82c82c983ea681e13d36574f29 2016-03-03T21:52:43-05:00 2016-03-03T21:52:43-05:00 (SWEDEN) Buskin' City is a unique busking development for Sweden with a soon to be launched website for pro street performers. Every participating city provides a pitch for an artist. It can be a street corner, on a square, or on a main shopping street.
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Bringing culture to unused public space is the main theme. National and International buskers book themselves easily on a city's calendar.

Halmstad, Varberg, Kalmar, Kristianstad, Jonkoping, Landskrona, and Vastervik are among the 7 cities that have signed up with more expected to join the movement. Each city grants a travel refund up to 1500SEK.

With new approximations about busking popping up almost daily, be sure to include this in your book of ideas. See if you can dream up new and interesting approaches to busking like the one above.

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<![CDATA[Busker juggles away student debt]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=181&c=8&sid=7bc8dc82c82c983ea681e13d36574f29 2016-02-03T22:21:26-05:00 2016-02-03T22:21:26-05:00 (DARTMOUTH) The majority of students at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire are graduating with debt - and way too much of it - since the average graduate carries $35,000. That's why many young people are turning to alternative means - not just to survive, but to thrive.
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A Huffington Post interview with William Imbert reveals how he included China, Switzerland, England, Manhattan, and Princeton to juggle, piano, and unicycle away his student debt. Also figuring into the equation was teaching English and some 300 tennis balls.

"I was 24 years old and on my own in a foreign land. I began doing street performance and living by the beach for $80 a month."

Included in the interview is how he paid off his $15,000 student loan, 3 great tips for street performers, and a quote...

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