THE BEST OF BUSK.CO
We now have:
- 1387 buskers
- in 506 cities
- from 65 countries
What’s the opposite of a slick marketing campaign?
This. This is the opposite.
First, we moved to buskr.com. Then we found out that the name, Buskr, was already taken (Doh!), and moved yet again to busk.co. You’d have thought we’d send out a newsletter letting you know this fundamental info about where we are… (we didn’t)
It gets better.
We also launched a busking music platform with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, calledBusking Unbarred. It promotes buskers in 400 venues around the UK. We…didn’t email you about that, either.
We’re not even telling you when we win things! In January, Nominet Trust gave us a grant to make a mobile app (set to release in August). Again, silcence on this end.
Put simply, the fact that we’re still here insults the entire marketing profession.
(We’re aiming to change our ways)
BEAT OF THE STREET
Criminals of Culture?
Those who were once considered the cultural ambassadors of our art forms, the sacred keepers of our rich heritage, are now treated like criminals and beggars. See two previews of a film about Kathputli Colony, the World’s largest colony of street performers, with 3,500 families currently facing eviction.
The Cradle of Liberty (exceptions apply)
A NYC corporation and local merchants association have landed the street performers of iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace with a repressive and pointless set of new regulations. Bizarre, funny and tragic, we felt it warranted an open letter to the powers that be.
Despite the council’s claims that they appreciate the musical buskers of Grafton Street and Temple Bar, new restrictions limit noise levels to lower-than-ambient levels, essentially criminalising the act of performing at all. Grafton Street was famous for its lively artistic atmosphere. Now, buskers have to adhere to strict new rules, including steep fines, a busking permit and more.
A National Busking Code
One immigrant’s fairly benign actions in Thailand sparked a debate may have gotten the law changed for buskers across the entire country. It looks like all buskers will have to seek permission from authorities.
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