Here is great news for London buskers that the city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan at this weekend launched a new contactless payment scheme which through London street performers can raise money than they did ever before.
The project was launched collaborating with Busk In London (a professional body for buskers) and the Swedish payments firm iZettle (which was bought this month by PayPal for $2.2 billion). However, in order to test the iZettle’s contactless readers, a number of selected street performers performed on the streets for the past few weeks and Charlotte Campbell, one of the selected full-time street performer told to BBC News that the new tech “had a significant impact on contributions. And more people than ever tap-to-donate whilst I sing, and often when one person does, another follows.”
The readers should be associated with a cell phone or tablet, and the accept payments of fixed amounts will be set by the performer. By the way, they work with contactless cards, telephones, and even smartwatches.
Regarding of the new contactless payment scheme, Khan also said in a press statement that “Busking helps emerging artists to hone their talent and gives them the chance to perform in front of huge numbers of people. I’m delighted that iZettle has chosen London to launch this innovative scheme – allowing artists to accept donations by card payment, as well as cash. Now, more Londoners will be able to show their support to the capital’s brilliant, talented street performers.”
Initially, there’s no detail yet on what number of readers will be given to London’s road entertainers, or whether they should pay for the readers themselves or not but the mayor of London said that the scheme will be rolled out across London’s 32 boroughs. By the way, it is new in London but in China, street performers and beggars do use QR codes to solicit mobile tips.