MusicTankGLAStreetPerformanceResearchMarch2016

London Street Performance Research

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MusicTank was commissioned to undertake a pilot research project for the Mayor of London/ GLA as a pre-cursor to a larger and more definitive study on which to formalise London-wide policy. 

 

 

 
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Author/s: MusicTank

March 2016, Contract Research – GLA/Busk In London [Pilot Research]

MusicTank was commissioned to undertake a pilot research project for the Mayor of London/ GLA as a pre-cursor to a larger and more definitive study on which to formalise London-wide policy. The aim of this pilot study was to illuminate some of the issues and inform GLA’s campaign to develop it into a form that everyone can accept.


The practice of street entertainment and busking in London presents both challenges and opportunities which continue to divide some communities with a range of opinions from musicians/ performers and tourists, through to local residents and businesses. Whilst hardly unexpected in finding that overwhelmingly, tourists consider busking enhances the visitor experience, more surprising was to find that contrary to perceived wisdom, the majority of residents favoured busking too, for its cultural contribution to the capital.