Buskers can now offer card payments

(Image credit: iZettle)

An increasingly cashless society could mean problems for the buskers among us, but hope is not lost, as the world’s first contactless payment scheme for street musicians has just launched in London.

Busk in London, an initiative backed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has partnered with tech company iZettle to offer card readers to performers.

With the readers, buskers can accept payments via cash, contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin.

Full-time busker Charlotte Campbell said she had seen a “significant impact” on her earnings following a two-week trial of the technology.

Campbell set her reader to deduct £2 per tap, so audiences don’t have to select a donation amount - makes a change to a guitar case full of coppers, eh?

The feature will be rolled out to performers across London’s 32 boroughs, with more locations planned in the coming months.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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