Buskers create vibrant cities. They bring in tourists. They keep people in town for longer. And they improve city walkability. Busking is a art form that supports artists in a venue that’s open to people of all backgrounds. Busking also brings people from social and economic exclusion to a place of inclusion. We’ve seen beggars empty their cups into the hats of buskers because it’s the only live performance they ever get to see. Our app is helping us with our research into the social and economic benefits busking provides to cities.
Our policy research has been used by buskers on three continents. We work (for free) with busker advocates around the world, to raise awareness, help get signatures for petitions, get media attention, build a structure for busker groups, film their Kickstarter promos and donate legal fees.