We need to create venues for musicians (and other artists), so that they may freely showcase their talent. Busking enables artists to perform publicly at very low cost and with few restrictions placed on the performer (or at least, that’s how it used to be…)
Lots of people play musical instruments, but not everyone performs publicly, nor is everyone meant to play out in public. But for those musicians who are creating original music and want to be heard, having places to play, to demonstrate their musical talent is a challenge but a necessity. Because of the marketing tools available only to already successful and established bands, it is difficult and nearly impossible for bands in their early stages to find performance venues.
One solution to this problem is to allow public performances on the streets—also known as “busking.” Many cities are regulating this practice, even requiring a license to be obtained. Despite the freedom of speech argument that inevitably ensues, there’s another issue—providing a chance for musicians of all backgrounds to display their talent. Does busking need to be regulated and licensed? I would argue not. Little harm is done to society when an unlicensed musician strums a guitar on the sidewalk. In fact, most of the time, such street performances enliven the community. So then why is it tightly regulated?
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