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Permanent LinkJun 6, 2017 
:flasher: The Galway, Ireland busking community has published their own code of conduct ahead of the implementation of city council bylaws to regulate the activity. The code is being launched as part of the ‘We Support Friendly Busking’ campaign.
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Galway Buskers Community argues there is no need for busking bylaws, stating its new document promotes positive and responsible practices among street performers.

The group is also promoting a new slogan ‘Our Art, Our Streets, Our Responsibility’.

The initiative aims to improve the relationship between buskers and the business community with focus areas including noise levels, duration of performances and crowd obstruction.

The group says any move to rollout bylaws or permits would seriously impact Galway’s reputation as a major arts and culture hub. New bylaws to tone down busking in the city and to ban "circle acts" will go before Galway City Council at their next meeting on June 19.

The code of conduct will be available for shop window display, and buskers will also display ‘friendly busking’ stickers on their equipment.

Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk musicians must adapt to new rules of busking being enforced Memorial Day weekend. Musicians now have to buy a $50 license and perform in specific locations assigned to them by the city.

The regulations were passed by City Council in March after three similar attempts failed following backlash from the amateur performers.

Michael Allegreto, the city’s director of Community Services, said about 25 people have registered for a license to perform on the boardwalk. Regulating buskers has been a hot topic in Ocean City for several years prior to the vote in March.

All performers have to wear a badge proving that they are licensed, and those under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult during their boardwalk performances, the ordinance states.


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