8 Points. Busking Is Not Panhandling/ Let ‘Em PlayJan 14th, 2013 | By Matty Sheets | Category: News
The City Council will be modifying the ordinance concerning busking (playing music, performing, dancing, etc for tips on the sidewalk- but not blocking the sidewalk) downtown. Before you get all riled up, everyone wants this to happen. It is a great thing for our city, as well as the arts and music scene.
In my opinion, despite the fact that panhandlers are required to have a Panhandler’s Permit (although I’ve surely never seen one) to panhandle, buskers should not be required to have a permit. We should be encouraging street art. No permit, no fee. But, that’s just me. I want you to realize how different busking is from panhandling, as the City Council will be, no doubt, making comparisons.
Here are 8 points on how busking is not panhandling, and why we should allow busking without permits, without fees.
1) Panhandlers are asking you for money. Buskers merely provide art. You can choose to tip or keep walking.
2) Buskers don’t tell you about their sick kids at home to try to guilt your money from you.
3) Panhandlers approach you, seeking a conversation and money. Buskers stay put and play music for us, or dance for us, etc.
4) Busking is a GOOD THING FOR OUR DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY.
5) See number 4.
6) When musicians come through from out of town, it would be really great to be able to embrace them and give them the chance to play for some lunch money. It would be near impossible to get a busking permit for the one day they will be here- not too mention costly if there is a fee for said permit.
7) Asheville allows busking without permits, without fees. Asheville. We’re way cooler than Asheville.
8) Busking without permits and fees would not cost the City a dime. Permits and fees would cost the city money to process, enforce, etc. To quote one of my favorite Greensboro bands- “It won’t cost you a dime” - The Leeves
The City Council will be addressing this issue this Tuesday, 1/15, providing the feedback that a bunch of us musicians provided to Action Greensboro and DGI was presented and accepted in time for this City Council meeting. Come show your support.
What do you think?