The Busker's Guide to the Galaxy

by The Busking Project CIC in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th September 2019 we successfully raised £8,605 with 141 supporters in 28 days

A crowd-sourced book and online archive that supports buskers, entertains, and helps keep street performance alive in the 21st century!

by The Busking Project CIC in London, England, United Kingdom

Our Idea

The Busker’s Guide to the Galaxy will be the ultimate physical and digital resource for new and experienced buskers alike.

This isn’t your normal crowdfunding campaign. We’re not selling you something. We’re not creating an art-piece. We’re creating a tool that will help street performers with grassroots campaigning, in an effort to halt the tidal wave of anti-busking legislation sweeping the world at the moment.

The Busker's Guide to the Galaxy will start off as a transformative new section on our website, that could radically improve the lives of buskers worldwide.

Here's how it'll work. First, buskers will upload "content", just like how we all can write stuff on Wikipedia. Perhaps the busker will report when and where they've been fined. Or, perhaps an organisation wants to promote a petition to stop a council passing an anti-busking law.

Other content could be about the best amps or microphones to use in the street, books to read, festivals to apply to and so on. Or basic "edutainment" (education + entertainment) for non-buskers, like the surprising array of household-name celebrities who learned their trade on the street, or the historical impact of busking dating back millennia.

This guide will have the power to transform the way people see street performance, dispelling myths and revealing truths, while helping buskers to organise, earn, busk and defend their rights. It's going to be huge.

And, every year, we will publish a physical copy of The Busker's Guide to the Galaxy with all the best, most popular and latest information from the website.

Our motivation

Busking is more culturally important now than ever before.

Our high streets are dying, live music venues are closing, arts funding is down and commercialism has permeated almost every part of the music industry. Busking is a great, viable way for independent artists to make a living, but they're facing increasing criminalisation and a world that's simply not carrying cash any more.

In short; busking is more at risk – and more important – than it ever has been.

You may not think this will affect your life much, but probably some of your favourite performers started off as buskers: Ed Sheeran, Tracy Chapman, Robin Williams, Cirque du Soleil… an end to busking could be catastrophic to the arts, wherever you live. 

That’s what motivates us. We are here to save busking from further decline.

We are...

A small, dedicated team:

The Busking Project is a non-profit organisation that has already created a website that is an incredible tool for street performers. It helps them:

  • defend their right to busk in the street
  • get hired for events worth over £100,000 a year 
  • collect mobile payments (Apple Pay, PayPal etc)
  • sell music straight to their audience's phones
  • and a lot more.


And don't just take it from us...

We've been featured by organisations such as The Economist, The Guardian and the BBC. 


Listen to what some buskers are saying about us: 


We're also bringing this project to life with the help of some amazing partners, such as Keep Streets Alive, Berlin Street Music and the Busker Hall of Fame.


Now we've caught your attention...

In return for your support we've got together some great rewards, including busker tees, discounted pro accounts for the busk.co platform and a private busking show!




The People behind The Busking Project

We’re a tiny team (normally just four people!), but we love working with the busking community, we're hugely excited by this new project and we can’t wait to launch it with you!

Thank you for your support!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

The Busker's Guide to the Galaxy

Get a hard-copy version of the most useful book for street performers on the planet. The Guide will be full of the best, most popular and latest information, and will be printed once a year.

£5 or more

Just here to help

Warm fuzzies and listed as a donor on our website. We’ll add you to an exclusive mailing list and keep you up to date with how your donation is making a difference.

£15 or more

Guitar Pick and Flash Drive

A custom-designed flash drive, pre-loaded with photos, videos and music of street performers worldwide. Plus a Busker's Guide guitar pick.

£30 or more

The Busker's Tee

Represent The Busking Project with pride! We’ve got some fun, beautiful T-shirt designs to choose from!

£55 or more

The Ultimate Busk Gift Bag

The Guide, The Busker's Tee, a Flash Drive and a Guitar Pick, plus a limited edition book of our incredible journey interviewing street performers in 30 countries on 5 continents. Full of beautiful stories and photos, a great gift for musicians, performers and busking fans alike.

£70 or more

Pro Account for 1 year + Gift Bag

Our pro account helps you get seen by event producers, plus amazing features including a monthly list of festivals with open applications. This reward also includes a Busker's Gift Bag (above).

£100 or more

The Busking Project Couple's Gift Bag

Double trouble! Get two of The Busking Project Gift Bags including two hard books of The Busking Project's Guide to the Galaxy, two Tees, two Flash Drives and two Guitar Picks. We'll be in touch to get your tee sizes!

£135 or more

Pro Account for 3 years + Gift Bag

Our Busk.co pro account helps you get seen by event producers, plus amazing features including a list of over a hundred festivals with open applications. This reward also includes a Busker's Gift Bag including The Busker's Guide to the Galaxy Hard Book, The Busker's Tee, Flash Drive and Guitar Pick.

£225 or more

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Online Branding Workshop for Busker's + Gift Bag

An extensive review of your CV, EPK, social media pages (FB, YouTube etc), and your promo photos and videos. We'll help you get hired! Also includes the Busker's Gift Bag. We'll get in contact to arrange a date for the workshop that suits you.

£600 or more

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Private Show from a Busker Near You!

Got a birthday coming up? Got someone you’d like to impress? We’ll arrange a private show from an incredible street performer near you!

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