—by Sam Hickman
What if I told you I have a gig where I make my own hours, earn decent money, and pick my own office? Don’t believe me? Well, it’s the truth, promise. I am a busker, and I’m going to show you how you can play this great gig too. I’m a singing harpist based in Cardiff, the capital city of sunny Wales, and I have been busking around the UK for almost five years. I’ve learned a few things during my time out and about that will help the budding busker.
Step 1: Follow the Rules
Before you do anything, you need to know the rules for busking in your city or town. Do you need a permit? What hours is busking allowed? Are there restrictions on amplification? Your local city or town government is usually the go-to source for this information. Many times this information is available on the city’s website, but if you can’t find out there, a simple email to local officials will get answers to your questions.