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<title>Put buskers online </title>
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Here's a business idea, inspired by an email from <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ujjayisoundsystem">Stephen Brown</a> today.
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Put the street musician / busking process online. (“Busker” = “a person who entertains people for money in public places, while asking for money.”)
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<strong>A website where videos of street musicians are collected all in one place, each with a PayPal link so anyone watching can give some money directly to that musician.</strong>
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See a great musician playing on the street in Cuba, Argentina, Egypt, India, or anywhere else? Make the best recording you can with a video camera.
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When they take a break, find out if they have a website and a PayPal address. If so, write it down. If not, set them up with one. (If they don't have email, set them up an email account first, then a PayPal account pointing to that email account, etc. Write down the info for them. Even if they can't access it yet, they will some day.)
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Then, with their permission, upload the video to YouTube with their name, exact location, and email in the metadata.
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Then go to this website and make a page for them. It only needs to ask a few things:
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<li>Performer's name</li>
<li>Email address (linked to PayPal)</li>
<li>Exact location and date of performance</li>
<li>URLs where videos and photos can be found</li>
<li>Optional: text box for any other info you want to add</li>
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The site will automatically display the videos, and make a PayPal donate button that goes to the musician's account.
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Anything to add or change to this idea? Brainstorm in the <a href="http://sivers.org/busk#comments">comments, here</a>. Click any commenter's name to go to their website to contact them directly, if you want to get involved and make this happen.
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<img src="http://sivers.org/images/busker.jpg" width="500" height="463" alt="http://www.flickr.com/photos/69108241@N00/2320074155/" />