Do You Know Your Rights As a Street Performer?
Street performance or street singing is the act of singing in public places for monetary rewards. In most countries the rewards tend to be in the form of cash but other rewards like food, drinks or other treats can also be offered. Street performance is usually practiced all around the globe and dated back to antiquity. There is evidence in the history of street performers being praised by Romans and Greeks and contemporary performers are continually lauded and rewarded with accolades by audiences all over the globe.
Of course, not all street performers earn money or have other rewards. Some are simply out to entertain while others perform to promote causes they believe in. In addition to this, some do both. There are some best times to Busk and some not so good times.
The best time to Busk is during the evening rush hour. That’s when subway riders become highly motivated to find a ride home after spending the day engaging in various activities and attractions. Of course, peak hours are also very buskers at their best because of the additional number of people they can attract. At night, subway stations and light rail lines become especially packed with people and it can take a long time to get to your destination if you are not dressed appropriately.
However, some areas have better weather or other challenges that keep performers from doing their show during the busy evening hours. That is why some buskers choose private performances at night. Other street performers find that the best times to do their performances are in school fairs, church meetings or community gatherings when there is no one else around. For example, children’s hospitals, nursing homes and local schools often have small gathering of local residents and offer great chances for interesting conversations and lively entertainment.
Some buskers start their nightly busking sessions early in the morning by walking through the streets, taking note of car headlights and storefront lights, honking their horns and talking to people on the sidewalks. Other street performers prefer to do their busking sessions in parks or along promenades because these public spaces are usually filled with people and there are fewer barriers to create a safer walking surface. One benefit of busking in parks and other outdoor public spaces is that there is less risk of getting hit by a moving vehicle, especially if you are dressed appropriately.
Nighttime busking can be challenging for some buskers because of the glare from the street. If the sun is shining directly into your eyes, it can make the experience quite scary. So where can you find the best times to busk in your area? It can be tough to tell. But there are some things you can do to make your busking experience more enjoyable whether you are busking at night or during the daytime.
First, you should be aware of your rights as a street performer and what the law requires. Some states have anti-promotion laws that require organizers of street performances to obtain a written permit from local government agencies before they can perform. These laws also state that they must display appropriate signs letting people know that they are permitted to enter the public spaces. Some cities and counties have their own ordinances that address the rights of street performers and where they can perform. If you want to perform within a public space, it’s important that you consult with the owner or operators to be sure that your performance is allowed.
In some cases, the laws against street performers busking do not apply to you. For example, if you are operating a bicycle. The law does not specify how you can display your bicycle in a public space so you might choose to display it in a way that doesn’t violate the local laws. Some cities have rules about disturbing the peace and having a loud or annoying noise. A busker might want to abide by these laws so they don’t get thrown in jail. The best thing to do is to research your city or county laws so you know what to do if you get stopped by the police.