Busking Project to conduct study on busking laws –
Camden and New Orleans fighting narrow regulation schemes –
Other cities stay regulation friendly – Many Winston-Salem buskers say they want some regulations –
With all the fuss up over in the Camden district of London, and the trouble with narrow and debilitating regulations being debated down in New Orleans, you would think the government busking laws are there to regulate all the freedom of expression and spontaneity out of street performances. Then you read something like this, in Winston Salem North Carolina street performers want some busking laws.
The Busking Project launches study to help provide useful data
In order to get this party started they have prepared a short survey questionnaire for buskers. “Dear busker,
We are conducting a large-scale study into the way street performance affects the way people experience city life, and the effect that local government policies have on encouraging/discouraging a good busking culture.”
All the noise about noise
A lot of the complaining and excuse for restrictive policies in Camden in London and Bourbon Street New Orleans is over noise. Both areas have seen newer noisier bars open up but the buskers were there first. There were not as many complaints before. But the bars pay taxes.
It will further the whole cause of optimum use of busking laws if a realistic( in terms of the public’s satisfaction) criterion can be established regarding noise. Just as it is needlessly restrictive to enforce one noise level for every area of a city, it is also annoying to create more noise in an community known for quiet.
Hopefully the busking law survey will add perspective on this. Noise so far, ranks as the most divisive and often needlessly punitive of all the regulations. Busking Laws could use some sound analytical data worldwide