Busking Project Apps, Maps and a Massive Launch at the Edinburgh Fringe

Buskemon Go – gotta tip them all!!
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Finally – a BUSKING guide to the Edinburgh Fringe

As much as I'm a massive fan of how the Edinburgh Fringe Street Events team works to create a smooth festival, it's always bugged me that the buskers barely register in Fringe material. You're not even on the map.

We're changing that.

We're pre-loading everyone's shows, every morning, onto our app's map. During the day, anyone with the app will be able to see who's performing right now – and give them a cashless tip. Think about it like "Buskemon". Except, you know, without the Pidgey grinding. 

We're getting as much press as we can around this, reaching thousands of people every day, to let them know about the app.

So, if you want to be on our digital BUSKING guide to the fringe festival, make an account at http://busk.co/signup and we'll be able to feature when/where you're performing.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO TAKE PART
1. Go to http://busk.co/signup
2. Create a profile
3. Let me know: nick@busk.co

That's IT! It's best if you make your profile look good with photos and a bio – you want people to see your profile and say "fuck yeah, I'm going to go watch them".

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO ON THE PITCH
Nothing! We'll take care of all of that. We'll put you up on the map at the right time/place – you don't even need a phone, or wifi or anything. Everything will be handled on our end, with no extra work for you.

However, you CAN tell your audience about it. Obviously the more people who know about the app, the better it is for you all! If you tell your audience about it, they'll find other buskers – and they'll be able to find you, too.

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET TIPS
1. Go to http://busk.co/account/profile/donations
2. Click "connect to Stripe" (Stripe are the people who handle the card payments)
3. Add your bank details

WHAT WE CAN ALSO DO FOR YOU
1. Create a unique URL for you. i.e. http://busk.co/pogofred
2. Print a sign for you to display in the street (see attached photos)

IT COSTS YOU NOTHING
Everything (the app, website, map, profiles, etc) is free. You don't pay anything, your audience doesn't pay anything.

However, we DO take a commission on tips. You always get 90%. It breaks down like this:

On a £5 tip (which is the minimum donation), you'd get £4.50, Stripe would get £0.30 and we'd get £0.20. We're obviously not doing this to get rich.

AND YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE APPS HERE
Android
iPhone

 

And some awesome updates…

  • The documentary is back on track. We’ve got a new producer, and we’ve begun logging footage again (new teaser)
  • We’ve launched BuSK on Android (we’re just working out a bug…) and the latest version on iPhone
  • We broke through 1,000,000 views on our YouTube channel
  • We’re launching the ability for buskers to sell music this week, plus we've reduced load times by 75%
  • We launched an awesome, fun new funding campaign (yesterday): patreon.com/busk
  • And we have 2,700 buskers signed up in over 1,000 cities.
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