On song and coining it: Students take to busking to help fund studies

Lasalle College of the Arts students Amirul Jamil and Jonquil Woon busking in Tampines. They team up to perform pop songs twice a week. Polytechnic student Marian Carmel performing outside The Cathay. She busks about three times a week and hopes to m
Polytechnic student Marian Carmel performing outside The Cathay. She busks about three times a week and hopes to make enough to fund her studies in arts management at Lasalle College of the Arts, which will cost about $20,000 per year for her.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Lasalle College of the Arts students Amirul Jamil and Jonquil Woon busking in Tampines. They team up to perform pop songs twice a week. Polytechnic student Marian Carmel performing outside The Cathay. She busks about three times a week and hopes to m
Full-time national serviceman Ralph Alvern performs in Orchard Road once a week to fund his dream of attending the Berklee College of Music.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN
Full-time national serviceman Ralph Alvern performs in Orchard Road once a week to fund his dream of attending the Berklee College of Music.
Lasalle College of the Arts students Amirul Jamil and Jonquil Woon busking in Tampines. They team up to perform pop songs twice a week.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Students with musical talent take to busking to help fund their studies

Busking to fund school fees. Busking for university. Busking to help parents with my university fees.

Variations of such signs, casually scribbled on whiteboards or boldly printed on cardboard, have been popping up as musically inclined young people take to the streets to raise money to attend school.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'On song & coining it'. Print Edition | Subscribe