What We Do
- Recognise busking is a valuable cultural asset to London.
- Support the protection of spaces on public land where busking takes place and is welcomed, and the growth of such spaces. We meet regularly with borough reps to advocate this.
- Encourage private landowners to open up spaces where street performance can take place. For example, we manage schemes for Network Rail and Broadgate Estates.
- Encourage all parties to follow the Buskers’ Code, which was put together with input from all stakeholders, including performers.
- Work very closely with landowners, boroughs, brands, entertainment industries in the UK and internationally to provide open-access opportunities for performers.
- Directly provide 6,600 hours of performing opportunities each year that are either paid or allow performers to collect donations from the public.
- Connect performers to opportunities and people who can support and help their wider professional development.
- Welcome face-to-face engagement with performers so issues can be openly discussed.
- Provide a public resource for all, buskinlondon.com, where information about street performance in London can be found in one place.
- Work with a large number of performers to showcase talent.
- Promote equal opportunities for seasoned buskers and new talent coming in. Everybody has to start somewhere.
What We Don't Do
- Support licensing or over-regulation of busking.
- Own or manage pitches on public land. Busking is legal on public land. Established pitches on public land are open to all.
- Claim to have invented busking! It existed way before any of us were on this planet.
- We no longer have a Street Team. The Street Team was a temporary presence to provide a supportive on-street liaison between performers and local stakeholders in busking hot spots, encouraging all parties to follow the Buskers’ Code.