While NYC street musicians were able to perform freely in Manhattan’s open spaces so far, a new law limits the area of their performance to 100 defined spots. Indeed medaillons will be embedded under each spot allowing street musicians to play in this specifical area. Violators could receive a summons and a $250 fine…
Are NYC’s street musicians vendors ?
From the 8th of May, NYC’s street musicians will be classify as vendors wich means according to the law “sellers or solicitors of donations in exchange for tangible items, such as paintings, books, or photographs.”
The matter with this classification is that public spaces like famous NYC parks, could now be considerated as privatize with the rent of a private space through those medaillons. Those medaillons wich would be localized “at least 5 feet away from a park bench, and 50 feet from a statue.”
What does it mean for street musicians ?
This rule is not the only restriction street musician have in NYC. To be able to perform legaly they may need to get a special permit for street performance if they use a sound device or if they want to perform next into or next to a park. The fee of this permit is $45.
The second problem is gonna be between street musicians. As spots are going to be restricted to a hundred, we can easily guess that they will need to organize themself in order to play next to the touristic places. Some cities like Montreal, use a daily schedule for street musicians who wants to perform in the metro in wich each musicians need to write his name and the hour he want to play everyday. There is more than 2000 street musicians in NYC… it’s probably gonna be difficult for them.
What do you think about this new law ? Is it going to change the way street musicians are performing ?
Source : Newyork.newsday.com