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.