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Camila Hidalgo

We recently had the pleasure of hiring Flatcaps & Fisticuffs (a band I mentioned in our first Newsletter) for this year’s Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs. Here’s what they said about it:

“A smashing event, we had such a blast! This has been our first taste of playing music while the blood, sweat and adrenaline of a sporting event was going on right in front of us and now we’re solidly hooked. Many thanks for introducing us to the organizers. You’re our dream come true.”

F&F you rock!

You want to get hired too? Be sure to update your BuSK profile, you never know who’s watching it 🙂

Liliana Maz

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture in Literature has been published. For the first six minutes he talks about his beginning as song writer. It’s quite cute, perhaps not new, but inspiring:

I had a natural feeling for the ancient ballads and country blues, but everything else I had to learn from scratch. I was playing for small crowds, sometimes no more than four or five people in a room or on a street corner. You had to have a wide repertoire, and you had to know what to play and when. Some songs were intimate, some you had to shout to be heard.

I had all the vernacular all down. I knew the rhetoric. None of it went over my head – the devices, the techniques, the secrets, the mysteries – and I knew all the deserted roads that it traveled on, too. I could make it all connect and move with the current of the day. When I started writing my own songs, the folk lingo was the only vocabulary that I knew, and I used it.

Jansen Peña

If I were a busker I'd like to travel back to the most splendorous times and perform in the squares and plazas that are now abandoned in Bogota. Like Fuente La Rebeca, or the Plaza de Los Mártires, a monument in memory of the precursors of Colombian independence killed by the Spanish army.

Other squares where it would be cool to perform are the ones in various towns in Boyacá that have beautiful sculptures and a good cultural mood, like Pesca, Cuítiva, Tota and Iza.

If you could busk anywhere, at any time, where would you go?

Nick Broad

This week we published an article with a fantastic infographic about different methods of cashless payments, written by Wacky Chad, who’s made $100 in a single show from using a card swipe machine.


A Federal Judge in Ocean City said that a case around the 1st-amendment rights of street performers deserved to be heard in a Federal courtThe result could be massive for buskers in the USA – big enough to help protect the rights and freedoms of street performers in every city in the country.

One of our favourite busking advocates, Stephen Baird, was quoted in this article by the Boston Globe with interviews about the issues surrounding busking in the city. The article comes after Keytar Bear got attacked in Boston for at least the 4th time! (The good part of that story is Bostonians have now raised $10,000 for the busker).

Silvana Callegari

So, I just finished my first week here at The Busking Project, and I’m not completely sure of what Im supposed to write. Hopefully this won’t be as awful as I anticipate.

Our massive new resources section (for which I made the icons) is now live on the site. You will find almost anything you’d ever need; from past legal cases (fight the power!), to an awesome list of festivals worldwide.

But my favourite part is the page on Academic Articles. I’m a bit of a wacko for everything that relates to our perception of being in the world, so I recommend the article The phenomenology of the Music-Listening Experience.

Don’t forget to share with us documents or any kind of other info, so we can strengthen our Buskers Well of Knowledge!

Videos of the week:

Why the urbanism of old cities – with their beautiful plazas, parks and buildings that are perfect for hanging out (and watching a street show) – put our modern cities to shame.

"Doggypad" – our newest invention. When the office dog gets bored enough, he makes a great, erganomic replacement for the standard mousepad.

The Busking Project founder Lily Maz has started up a fundraising effort for the work she does with kids in an impoverished neighbourhood of El Codito, in the north of Bogotá, Colombia (where we live). They do amazing work year-round with the kids, and are trying to fundraise to take them to a once-in-their-lifetime interactive learning centre, Maloka, where they'll have the chance to learn about science, innovation and civic culture. These kids really have very little in the way of hands-on education, and the fundraising goal to make this happen is comparatively low, so please, whatever you can spare would be hugely appreciated! And just a little bit life changing!

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