#1
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I'm in the super early phases of planning a cross country roadtrip. I'd love to hit every state (except Alaska and Hawaii) and try busking.

I've read that New Hampshire doesn't require a permit or license (may be wrong), but

I'm finding it a bit difficult finding concrete information about where and where it's not legal and/or free.

Can anyone find or compile a list of the lower 48 states and whether a license/permit is required? I'd love you long time, forever haha
#2
The problem is, it won't be a state by state basis, but a city by city/town by town basis.

Your "complete list" would have to included every single "street performance" ordinance of every municipality in the continental U.S. That's quite a long list, Holmes.
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#5
As far as I know as long as your on public property you can't get much more than someone saying you have to move along, I think its like freedom of speech. I dont think they can do much to you
#6
I had to google what busking is. You won't make any money anywhere except for the coasts. Plan on that. I've never even seen a street performer in the 20 years that I've lived in Kansas City. Maybe if you go to Union Station or the Plaza, those are the ritzy areas, just pray that the flash mobs stay in Westport that night.
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#7
If you're not willing to take a little pepper spray and a billy club to the face, you shouldn't be beggi...errr...busking.
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#8
busking should be illegal everywhere




#9
I know it sounds fun and all, but it's really a lot of time, money, and effort to not really get anything out of it other than just the satisfaction of the whole thing. 48 states means that you're probably going to be out for at least a month, probably more due to the size of some of the big states.

And that is just assuming that you are only going to be playing in one city in each state. If you actually plan on playing in multiple cities in some of the larger states, that's going to be probably two or three months. Unless you plan on sleeping in your car for that long, you're going to have to find somewhere to stay each night.

Plus there is also tons and tons of gas involved. Literally tons. I mean, it's about 3000 miles to go coast to coast. For 48 states, you're talking well over 10000 miles. At 20 MPG, that's 500 gallons. At like $5 a gallon, that's $2500.

And that's just for 10000, which is the equivalent of of three trips and change coast to coast, and it will certainly be much more than that, maybe even twice as much depending on how you do it, and probably lower MPG than 20, so you could be potentially looking at 2000 gallons, with no real upward cap in sight.

Basically this is going to cost you a ton, and you won't make any money in that time. You would be lucky to make more than a few dollars a day, and that's assuming that you're either really damn good or really damn unique. And by unique I mean not just some other late teen/early 20s kid playing rock songs on a guitar.

Also keep in mind that you will be lucky to make anything at all if you don't sing or play some really good instrumentals. Like as much as I hate that Andy McKee kind of guitar playing, that apparently impresses people that don't play guitar.

I mean, I hate to crush dreams and all, but unless you have some other really good excuse for a road trip to 48 states besides busking, then this is really a bad idea, just from a financial point. And that's all assuming that you don't run into any sort of trouble such as running out of money (which may likely happen) or getting into an accident at some point.
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#13
I doubt he actually plans to make much money from it, since he's backpackin'. I think you'd probably be fine in most cases and in the worst case they might ask you to leave.
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As far as I know as long as your on public property you can't get much more than someone saying you have to move along, I think its like freedom of speech. I dont think they can do much to you


That's where you are wrong. If you accept any money (even if you label it "donation") it is no longer "speech" but a commercial enterprise subject to various laws.

The lack of understanding of what "free speech" is boggles the mind..


Also, depending on the municipality, punishment can be anything from being told to "move along", fines, or possible arrest.
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No, policewomen are all lesbians.

Then how would they be able to produce more policemen and women? You can't explain that
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#17
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I doubt he actually plans to make much money from it, since he's backpackin'. I think you'd probably be fine in most cases and in the worst case they might ask you to leave.

The point is that he wouldn't make enough for gas/food/basic hygiene and certainly not enough for any kind of lodging. No one is trying to say he's going to suffer sub-optimal returns on his 3rd quarter profits.

And is it really $5 for a gallon of gas? In America? I'd be upset, you guys, we go to war for the shit and you're paying $5. People don't buy gas in Kansas when it goes above $3.15
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#18
A little education on busking, the first amendment, and our right of free expression.
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2002250762_busker23m.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busking_%28U.S._case_law%29

How to guides:
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Money-Busking-%28Street-Performing%29
http://buskinghq.com/

If you choose your location carefully and exceed expectations of a street performer, no reason you can't make $100/day or more. It does require courage and really putting yourself out there but it's a lot of fun.
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I had to google what busking is. You won't make any money anywhere except for the coasts. Plan on that. I've never even seen a street performer in the 20 years that I've lived in Kansas City. Maybe if you go to Union Station or the Plaza, those are the ritzy areas, just pray that the flash mobs stay in Westport that night.

I've seen plenty of fancy street performers on the Plaza, but they had a whole setup with speakers and stuff, so they must have gotten some type of approval or even been asked to play.

Lawrence is where it's at for buskers, though. Legal or not, no one cares. There's people busking on Mass St. every day.

Just find the hippie capitol of each state and busk there. No one will bother you.
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