#1
I've been wondering about a few things that are busking-oriented.

1)Playing outside a coffee shop in a downtown area, how much would you expect to make?
2)How long should one play for?
3)What time would be the most money-making time?

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#2
do buskers get arreseted? like for not having a street performace permit?
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do buskers get arreseted? like for not having a street performace permit?


Around here, fined at most. The cops around here are extremely lenient though.
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People can get fined/arrested for busking? I can't see how it would be a problem as long as its not loud and not offensive. Bloody hell I hope thats an 'only in America' thing.

skippertripper, I can't help at all, but I would suggest you speak to the coffee shop owner first to make sure its okay with them.
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#5
in the UK i think buskers should 'strictly speaking' have a license.

i doubt many of them do and i think buskers should be encouraged!!!!

i always remember when i was walking around circular quay in Sydney and a fella was playing pink flloyd wish you were here, i went home and learnt it straight away!!! now its one of my fave tunes to play acoustic.
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People can get fined/arrested for busking? I can't see how it would be a problem as long as its not loud and not offensive. Bloody hell I hope thats an 'only in America' thing.

skippertripper, I can't help at all, but I would suggest you speak to the coffee shop owner first to make sure its okay with them.


I'm friends ( ) with the coffee shop owner's daughter, and she said it'd be fine if i chilled outside and played.
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#7
go when the place is most busy.
aand make sure to play in the shade
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#8
i;ve heard some ****ing well good players in the london underground.

in most places you do need a liecence though. i think all they can do is take your earnings off you if you dont have one though.
#9
So branny are you an Aussie or a Pom?
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#10
Are there any other buskers in your area? If there are, ask them if you need a license, at least one of them should know. To answer your questions:

1) That really depends on your style of music and the preference for different styles in the area, the town size etc... but, in the town where I go to college a busker can make anywhere between £10 and £60 for an hours busking...and it's a pretty small town. The most I've ever made was about £30.

2) I wouldn't play for anymore than an hour unless you have a throng of people who are really enjoying your music.

3) This is a tricky one, avoid times where people are going to or coming from work as you might find them to be short-tempered and, more likely, in a rush. From my experience, the best time would be in the the lead up to and running into midday or at the end of and running out of midday as this is when most people are on lunch breaks, but because it's not for the whole time they're on their lunch break it doesn't impose upon their whole break.

Hope some of that helps.
#11
In melbourne/australia you need a liscense. You can get fined up to 500 bucks I think, but most guys just give you warnings and make you pack up. liscenses are pretty cheap, just get it from the local council of whre your planning to busk, prices start at around $100. Depending on how profitable the place is.

You gotta tell 'em how much space your gonna take up, how many people you got, what your planning on playing ( lyrics of a few songs, maybe a demo cd),where, what days and at what time.

Then they'll tell you what you can play, when, how loud and how much space you can have.