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Busking campaign launched by Boris Johnson

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, launching the #BackBusking campaign. Photo: Kois Miah
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Musicians are being urged to join a new busking campaign launched today by the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson announced the #BackBusking campaign to encourage support for buskers, who he fears are being deterred from performing in the city due to licensing charges and fines being issued in some areas.

The mayor warned that in some parts of London, boroughs are “shackling” musicians with “unnecessary bureaucracy” when they should instead be “treasured”.

He revealed plans for a new busking taskforce, which will aim to simplify rules and regulations for buskers across London, legitimise musicians performing in public places and create an “accepted code” which local authorities, private landowners, the police and musicians will agree to.

A new website and app, which would provide information on busking pitches and popular locations that require booking, is also being planned.

Johnson said: “Rather than shackling our musicians with unnecessary bureaucracy, we should treasure the spontaneity they bring to our high streets and town centres.

“I want to work with the boroughs, businesses, the music industry and other organisations to cut through red tape and support the talented musicians that are part of the magic of our city.”

 

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