• Petitioned the u.k. government

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the u.k. government

the u.k. government: stop local regulation of busking (against the convention on human rights )

    1. steve broe
    2. Petition by

      steve broe

      london, United Kingdom

busking is international as, indeed, is music. We entertain tourists and locals alike and a good busker asks for nothing, just gives a performance which the audience react to as they chose. A hat or guitar case often serve as a place for people to donate loose change on a totally voluntary basis. Sensible buskers follow a code, wherein safety matters and consideration for surrounding businesses and residents are a priority. Quality issues have been raised by some councils, most notably in Liverpool, but as a regular performer there I can assure you, you have to be playing to a good standard, as the locals are very knowledgeable and impressively honest. Also basically if you are rubbish, you soon learn to be good or go hungry. I have huge amount of footage of great busking sessions, where not only do i play, but so do passing musicians, and often the public get involved, playing percussion instruments, singing along and generally having a brilliant time. Music unites us, no more so than when it is shared, freely and with a happy heart. It crosses the borders and barriers of language and culture..

Many UK councils have wonderful positive policies towards street entertainment, even holding annual events and encouraging players to arrive when a busy moment at a market or high st is lacking that essential ingredient.

Please sign this petition to stop the worst councils, trying to stamp out what so many of us know to be a respected, valued and thoroughly enjoyable form of human interaction.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. new, !! association of street artists and performers ASAP launched..

      steve broe
      Petition Organizer

      ASAP find it via my pages on fb or Johnathan Walker's

    2. Reached 25 signatures
    3. Westminster Officials Steal/confiscate Bagpipes

      steve broe
      Petition Organizer

      Pretty much the entire story. Totally out of order and really gone completely rogue, this one council one than any other, is likely to cause the biggest battle. Even if the case in Liverpool brings about a definitive ruling, we can be sure they will press on with their onslaughts on humanity..

    4. More Sensleless Disruption

      steve broe
      Petition Organizer

      Weds evening (15 aug) about 11pm i had set up on the corner of charing x rd where it meets leicester sq. Within minutes a van load of police and local council bods arrived, sweeney style and ASBO'd a poor french tourist who was playing while i rolled a ciggy.. they spent twenty minutes telling him off, threatening prosecution, and saying we are being nice to you as we are letting you off.. then gave him an asbo, a pretty scary looking document for an innocent tourist.. It's not as if i hadn't said at least a dozen times, 'it's my busk' These guys are really taking this to the next level. offensive, aggressive bullying and completely wrong.. Westminster Council where is your common sense, your humanity..

      We must take control of the streets back from these rogue councils. They are our streets, simply managed for us by our elected representatives, we must re-inform them of what we want to happen on our streets..

    5. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Alice Collins BIDEFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I love the sound of local entertainers as they perform on the streets where I walk, they make my shopping so much more pleasant. Why have silence when there can be music.

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    • Malcolm Goode WALLASEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      The current situation is stupid to say the least - busk on one spot and you are legal - move one metre and you break the local law which overrules national law. If you are under 18 it is even more stupid - sing on one spot and you are legal but move and you could become illegal even though the national law says you can busk at 14. Plus, to stay legal you need to contact every single council to know their local position regarding busking so a roaming busker is constantly unsure of his/her legal situation when he/she actually wants to perform good music legally, anywhere. Busking has always been a part of our culture and should remain so without causing unnecessary fears for the performer.

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    • Max Grant EAST KILBRIDE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Busking is a medium through which our culture is conveyed and can be viewed openly by others. It encourages unexperienced musicians to pursue their art further and allows them to view more experienced musicians for free.

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    • Emily Morton PRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      I support live music, local music and peoples rights. Enough company's/businesses take music/arts for granted. Pay to play, free performances, high commission rates! Advantages of up and coming talent should not be taken, but celebrated and supported! It is the only form of universal communication that brings people of all cultures and nationalities together peacefully. Why stop that or disregard it? They aren't beggers trying to get there next fix. But artists looking to be heard, seen and supported

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    • ashley EVANS T WELLS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I am a musician who busks locally and believes good busking is part of the fabric of our high street.

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