From Monday 10 Sunday 16 June, Musequality will be encouraging musicians in every country to take to the streets for its fifth annual World Busk fundraising event. Musequality is a charity which takes music projects to some of the poorest children in the developing world, helpingthem to change their lives. We want it to be the biggest celebration of music and busking in as many ways and as many places as possible.
In 2009, the first year of its World Busk event, Musequality set the record with the help of 483 buskers in 14 countries. Musequality’s founder, the violinist David Juritz, said: ‘We were absolutely blown away by the response to the first World Busk. There were buskers on all seven continents, including a rock band in the Antarctic, and we even had an aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious, joining in. We think that’s a first!’ In the past 4 years the Musequality World Busk has raised over £30,000,helping us to fund more music projects for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.
This year we want to get even more musicians and countries busking but we need your help. If you have busked for us before, please spread the word and get some new singers and instrumentalists to join you. If you are in a band, choir or orchestra we would love you to dedicate a performance to the World Busk, either during World Busk Week, or beforehand to help us publicise the event.
If you wish to take part, please register now. Buskers only need to choose a location and decide what music to play and busk for as long as they like, raising more money and entertaining more people.
‘We’re looking for musicians of all kinds and any level, age, shape or size. Whatever kind of music you play, whether you’re plucking a ukelele or have a 100-piece orchestra behind you, what really makes the difference is enthusiasm,’ says Juritz.