THE BUSKING PROJECT

We exist to promote, celebrate and defend buskers with tech, advocacy, research and opportunities.

Use busk.co to get hired for events, cashless payments and sell music.

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Our Technology: Cashless Payments

busk.co gives buskers the ability to get tipped quickly and securely via Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal.

An easy way to find (and hire) unique talent everywhere

Post your event, anywhere in the world, and we’ll help you track down the best talent.

HIRE A BUSKER

Sell your music
straight to their phones

Sell your albums on the world’s only platform designed for street sales. Audiences can purchase albums in a few clicks, then instantly stream and download them.

SELL YOUR MUSIC

Mobile tips in the street

Using “Stripe”, we provide an easy, secure way of tipping buskers with Apple Pay and Android Pay, PayPal and cards. And we don’t take a commission.

SECURITYREAD ABOUT STRIPE

BuskPay: Signage made Simple.

We have produced a powerful range of high-quality, durable, lightweight, and waterproof signs that use QR and NFC technology to get you tipped.

Just buy a sign, display it in the street and significantly increase how much you earn per show with our road-tested and busker-approved system.

BUY A SIGNABOUT CASHLESS PAYMENTS

Busking is a Social Good

Buskers create vibrant cities, bring in tourists, entertain people of all backgrounds and improve city walkability. This art form brings people from social and economic exclusion to a place of inclusion.

That’s why we conduct research, do advocacy work and help get media attention for pro-busking campaigns all over the world.

OUR SOCIAL MISSION

A “COMMUNITY INTEREST” COMPANY

We are a CIC dedicated to one community: street performers.

No ads, no investors

We refuse to display ads, accept for-profit investments or do any work that does not directly benefit street performers. The Busking Project CIC is a committed non-profit staffed by a team of volunteers, advocates and staff who are here for the love of busking.

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Unforgettable events.

Buskers make an activation interactive, an event unique, a party memorable. They’re the most engaging artists on the planet. We’ve curated events for clients of all sizes, gone on tour in Eastern Europe, filmed a music video in Singapore, run competitions, produced festivals and found performers all over the world – no event is too big or too small.

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Community funded

We’ve been funded by donations, two major grant makers (Social Tech Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation) and various crowdfunding campaigns. All our profit-making endeavours (like booking events) directly benefit street performers.

HOW WE ARE FUNDEDREAD ABOUT MEMBERSHIP

Mission-lead

We started by filming 300 buskers in 30 countries. We discovered that buskers everywhere are facing the same two existential threats: cashless payments and criminalisation. Our motivation is to help fix those two problems. That’s why we exist.

SEE OUR JOURNEY

CLIENTS WE’VE WORKED WITH BEFORE

OUR
MANTRA

Buskers are buskers; there is no difference between one and another, regardless of discipline, reputation or number of years spent busking. Everyone gets an equal say.

However, we will endeavour to ensure balance by having the same number of circle and non-circle show performers as members and board directors.

We will not show preference for the needs of “our” buskers over the needs of other buskers – we are here to help the entire busking community.

We are not a union or a “busker association”. We do not want, seek or claim any form of political power in any location. We are simply a membership organisation.

We will keep all members informed of our actions and our plans, we will ask members for help in making decisions, and we will endeavour to meet our members’ needs.

We are 100% transparent about how money is spent and raised, how we use our time/resources and who’s involved, from employees to clients to members.

We hope street performers will approach us. But, when we see anti-busking policies, we may approach local buskers to see if they want our help.

We will never speak FOR street performers, but we will give street performers help in having a voice, and having their voices heard.

We do not get involved in local pitch disputes – local buskers sort out local issues.


THE BUSKING PROJECT TEAM


DOCUMENTARY TEAM