For those of you who don’t know Bob Baker, he’s a very respected figure in the music industry. His website is full of resources for bands that wish to boost their online marketing skills. Here, he interviews Terry Prince, a busker in Santa Monica who sold 15,000 CDs in a little over a year, playing only part-time.
If you can easily get a permit in your home town, why not give it shot and see how the public reacts to your songs (or covers). In Santa Monica the annual fee is only $40 bucks. In Montreal it’s $200 – and it’s not necessarily only for solitary musicians either: busking with your whole band is a pretty common practice in Tokyo (as well as in other cities) – check it out (some cool jazz towards the end):