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www.TheBuskingProject.com

Tracking a Path Across the Globe to Interview, Photograph,

Film, and Discover the Life and Motivations of the World’s Street Artists!



http://www.buskingthesystem.com

“Busking the System” follows the real-life journeys of three talented young singer/songwriter guitarists who come from around the U.S. to pursue their passion as “buskers” – or street performers – in the bustling New York City subway system. Film by Connecticut director/producer Justin Michael Morales, Coolhand Pictures http://www.coolhandpictures.com.


Two Performers with support from ACLU of Eastern Missouri  Challenge the Audition System, High Permit Fees and Performance Location Restrictions in Saint Louis, MO May 2013

New York City Curtails Street Performers and Street Artists in City Parks 2010-2011

Arrest and legal actions of Chris Drew for selling art on streets of Chicago December 2009. ACLU challenges Illinois eavesdropping act - Lawsuit cites cases of people charged with breaking the law for making audio recordings of police in action August 2010

Spokane Legal Battle Won January 11, 2010 and November 24, 2008

Ninth Circuit Appeals Federal Court Case won 8-3 Berger vs. Seattle June 24, 2009

Glen Hansard, a former Dublin busker, with singer Marketa Irglova win the 2008 Oscar and Grammy for the best song Falling Slowly

Wilmington, North Carolina, Law and Enforcement Practices Ruled Unconstitutional November 3, 2008

Boston Crack Down on Street Performers and Artists August 2008

MBTA-Radio Threatens Subway Performances Oct 2007

Jakarta, Indonesia bans donations to buskers September 2007

Kansas City Council attempts to ban street performances February 2007


Saint Louis, Missouri

Two Performers, Fred Walker a sax player and Nick Pence a banjo player of The Thin Dimes with support from ACLU of Eastern Missouri Challenge the Audition System, High Permit Fees and Performance Location Restrictions in Saint Louis, MO in May 2013
  • Judge Memorandum and Order issued July 30, 2013
    • Memorandum and Order issued July 30, 2013, by United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry HERE
    • Federal Judge puts halt to rules on Saint Louis street performers.  July 30, 2013 By Margaret Gillerman, Saint Louis Post-Dispatch HERE
  • Judge Entered Preliminary Injunction in Buskers Case, May 28, 2013
    • Preliminary Injunction against $100 fees May 28, 2013 by United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry HERE
  • Saint Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: No need to 'American Idol'-ize city street performers, May 16, 2013  HERE
  • ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed Complaint in Federal Court on May 8, 2013  HERE
  • Saint Louis Post-Dispatch "Lawsuit seeks to block St. Louis' regulations on street performers" May 8, 2013 HERE
  • Saint Louis Revised Code Chapter 20.55 Street Performers HERE (Unoffical Published older version at the Saint Louis Public Library, Newer versions obtained from the Register's Office at the St. Louis City Hall)
  • Saint Louis Magazine "The Tween Buskers of Tower Grove" March 12, 2013 HERE
  • Busking in Saint Louis by OnStL - Short video review of buskers in Saint Louis about the change to $100 fee HERE
  • There are numerous other videos and pictures online.
Judge Entered Preliminary Injunction in Buskers Case, May 28, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO — On May 28, 2013, U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry entered a preliminary injunction in the ACLU of Eastern Missouri’s lawsuit involving buskers and the city of St. Louis. The City agreed to entry of the order.

You can attribute the following quote to Tony Rothert, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.

“We are pleased with Judge Perry’s injunction, which is definitely a step in the right direction," said Tony Rothert, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri. "It prohibits St. Louis from requiring payment of permit fees in excess of $50 for individuals or $100 for group performers and says the city must refund or issue a credit to those performers who paid more than $50. We will continue to fight for the rights of street performers.”

A hearing on the remaining issues is scheduled for July 12.

ACLU Challenges Saint Louis Busker Regs
Copy of Complaint on this site HERE

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