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Zauberman
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So what does the future of Busking look like?
What does one need to do to adapt and make it work? Is it still viable?

The last couple of years have been brutal on all artists/performers but especially those working the streets.
Crowds not allowed, festivals cancelled, no tourists, people carrying no cash.

So here we are, hoping to get back to performing this summer (hopefully).
What kind of world do you lot think we will face?
Will it still be profitable?
And what changes must we make to adapt?
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I was wondering the same thing. I live near both Venice Beach and the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica where there were many street performers but I haven't seen any in awhile. There are few musicians but no one doing an act.
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Well it really is not all that bad.
I have worked a number of Festivals recently.
As far as the streets it’s been good.
Crowds gather, they enjoy and have been paying.
Only thing that has changed is that some want to pay with a card.
That’s a easy fix, just set it up.
In hard times people want to laugh and not think of the hard times.
All the best,
Nickoli
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Great to hear that Nickoli. What e-payment system(s) are you using? And what part of the world are you working from these days?
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Hello,
I’ll be using Busk.co
Florida
stevevoltz
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Thanks! I've been meaning to check these out. Seems like Busk.com is the place to start.
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I just did some busking during the Treefort Festival in Boise, Idaho. I added, to the front of my table, a QR code for Venmo and another QR Code for Square payments. The tip jar brought in the most money with the electronic payments bringing in a little more. I think busking is back, and will never leave.
However, the pandemic was brutal. Here is a Youtube link to a video of me trying to busk during the pandemic: https://youtu.be/21Kdf_IlPEc
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Zauberman
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Glad to see you are back busking. Yes, the pandemic was/is brutal. They wouldn't allow it where I live.
I'm hoping to get back out soon as restrictions ease and the weather warms up.
It will be interesting....in that I usually have a very tightly packed crowd surrounding me.
I think many people are still apprehensive of close knit crowds and no distancing with strangers.
Tourism is way down which an important part of my crowds.
Fingers crossed 🤞
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I wish I had even a slight inkling as to what the future holds. But besides some simple mentalism in my act, I am ***OUT*** of the Predicting The Future business!
*due to the editorial policies here, words on this site attributed to me cannot necessarily be held to be my own.*
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My goodness the future of busking is as it always has been.

The planed Demic is over

Just go work and have fun

Nickoli
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I am busking again and the only real change is you need a QR code for your payment printed so people can tip you. Very necessary in today's economy. I've busked since I was 14 years old. It'll be an artform that hopefully never dies.
Been a busker since I was 14 from San Diego; Don Driver was my mentor along with many others like Jimmy Talksalot, Sleveless (Stephen Sloan), Bob Elliott.
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