Why it matters: One benefit of the connected age is that buskers are able to take their previously local-only street performances global. This good kind of viral outbreak can turn hard scrabble performers into international superstars. This article looks at how technology, including music streaming services and platforms like The Busking Project, is helping street performers get hired and get paid beyond just a passing of the hat. The article also touches on the busking past of stars like Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. This video features a much-less-famous Sheeran performing in a London train station.
City guides: This story also highlights areas for the best busking in cities like Paris, São Paulo, Istanbul and Melbourne, Australia. If you want a tip for the best spot in Barcelona, check out my bio at the bottom of this email.