Network Rail Busk in London scheme
We have received a high volume of applications so the circuit is now closed for new applications (May 2023).
It will re-open again later in the year.
Check @buskinlondon socials for announcements.
Applications are open to performers aged 14 years and up, with an easy-listening musical style suited to a wide audience, from classical to country, folk to pop and plenty in between.
All acts need to make sure they are completely portable, your equipment must be battery powered (there is no mains power available to performers at any Network Rail station) and you are happy to perform in a stripped back, lo-fi fashion.
We are able to accept applications from solo, duo or trio acts, but please note that not all stations allow duos or trios due to volume restrictions.
We have worked closely with private landowners, including Network Rail, in London over the past six years to develop a network of busking pitches and performance opportunities. All performers accepted onto the Network Rail Busk in London scheme are also considered for other performance and gig opportunities, many of which are paid.
Just before you hit the link to take you to the application form, please take a moment to read the details below:
Applications are open to solo, duo or trio acts.
You must be resident and eligible to work in the UK.
For acts with more than one member, you will be contacted for details of all members only if you are successful. All additional members of the act must be 14 years old or above and will be required to supply details as given by the original applicant.
For acts under 18 years old, permission to apply will be sought from a parent/legal guardian
Network Rail stations are complex locations with certain restrictions on noise, so no drum kits please (cajons are permitted).
If selected, performers will be required to provide evidence public liability insurance (PLI) before their first performance for all members of their act.
If selected, performers are required to use an iZettle (or similar) cashless payment device. Busk in London has a partnership with iZettle enabling performers to purchase the device at a discounted price and pay a lower fee on transactions. Please see our website for more information. Busk in London does not operate the iZettle payment scheme or receive any financial gain from the partnership.
Please read the Terms & Conditions here before completing the application form. You are required to check the box on the application form confirming you have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions.
Network Rail, Busk in London and all our other landowners and locations are committed to diversity & inclusion and creating a welcoming environment for all musicians. We want our performers to be representative of the communities we perform in and welcome applications from all sections of society. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic and female musicians as these groups are currently under-represented in the music industry. If you are a disabled musician and have any questions about access, please contact Kate Jones, Programme Director, Busk in London on firstname.lastname@example.org
Busk in London will only use your contact details in relation to this application and, if you are successful, future performance opportunities
We look forward to receiving your application!
*Your application will be assessed within 3 weeks of submission.
If successful, your place on the scheme will only be confirmed when we receive proof that you hold a current Public Liability Insurance Policy. If you do not currently have Public Liability Insurance we recommend that you consider joining the Musicians' Union or Equity (your membership benefits will include an insurance policy).