Do not allow busking as a day job

I have noticed an increasing number of buskers in Singapore.

I see some buskers at certain places every day and for most of the day, suggesting that this is their permanent day job.

This should not be allowed.

Busking should never evolve to become a form of begging or a person's sole source of income.

I am also concerned that foreign students are allowed to busk here (On song & coining it; April 15).

Foreign students are here to study and should have sufficient funds to finance their studies, without resorting to busking.

I see some buskers at certain places every day and for most of the day, suggesting that this is their permanent day job. This should not be allowed.
​Busking should never evolve to become a form of begging or a person's sole source of income.

Allowing them to do this would encourage more foreigners to come to our shores to earn an income via busking.

Busking is meant to create a vibrant art culture and interesting street life.

We should aim to see more of our local talents performing publicly to gain confidence and exposure.

There are many talented people in Singapore and we should support them by giving them more opportunities to perform.

Perhaps the National Arts Council could hold monthly events at major parks where local and foreign talents can freely perform.

This will help them gain exposure as well as engage the public in our goal to become a distinctive global city for the arts, and will bring the arts closer to where people live.

Susan Tan (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2018, with the headline 'Do not allow busking as a day job'. Print Edition | Subscribe