Buskers are no longer required to
donate their proceeds to charity.
This was one of the
recommendations made by the Remaking Singapore Committee under the thrust to
enlarge the space for expression and experimentation.
The government has accepted the
Good quality busking is now more
widely accepted as an arts activity with high entertainment value. Busking
enlivens the streets of Singapore and adds colour to our city life. In
addition, it provides artists a platform to showcase their talents and make
the arts more accessible to the public.
The Busking Scheme was introduced
in 1997. In 2001, buskers were exempted from licensing and only required an
endorsement letter from the Council, but were required to donate a portion of
their proceeds to charity. The removal of this requirement is a relaxation of
busking regulations. However, NAC will continue to ensure that only good
quality buskers get their endorsement through auditions.
The number of registered buskers
has increased from 84 in 2001 to 163 this year. Busking activities range from
music, circus acts/balloon sculpting to caricature and body painting. There
are now 150 busking sites available.
Source: National Arts Council (NAC)
News Release 9 Dec 2003