NDP organising committee's call for 'volunteer' buskers to perform for free sparks outcry among community
Given the unhappiness, it is not clear if the committee's plan will go ahead. It has not replied to TODAY's queries.
Mr Jonathan Goh, 26, a busker who performs circus acts, said on Wednesday (Aug 3) that even if buskers could not be paid for their performances, the committee should have offered to cover transportation and meal costs.
Speaking to TODAY in a phone interview, he said: "For me or some of these musicians, we might have to cab down (because of our equipment) and the cab fare can cost up to S$40. If we are going to the heartland areas or there are fireworks, there will also be a surge in the fare. There is a lot of time and labour spent on it."
Mr Goh, who is also the co-chairperson of the Buskers' Association Singapore, noted that the call for buskers specified that circus acts were not preferred, but added that he was commenting about the costs incurred by buskers performing at events.
After he received the message from the committee, which was sent into a WhatsApp chat group with 129 buskers on Aug 1, he decided to write about this on Facebook. The post has since garnered more than 20 shares and comments.