What is Busking for Beds?
Busking For Beds is a Melbourne music-based initiative that aims to tackle the issue of homelessness and all of the aspects associated with this end problem from premeditative action such as mental health research and prevention to reactive measures such as housing and support.
Through donations collected by buskers on the street we are looking to team up with as many homeless initiatives as we can that we feel have the greatest positive social impact on improving the current state of homelessness in our city.
We believe that music is the most powerful message for creating change and yet, in recent times, it has not been used in this way. We feel this too can be changed and that the corporate dollar is driving both the music industry and the increased rates of homelessness far too much.
Only in the last 5 years the homeless rates have further increased to over 116,000 people in Australia (1).
Using music as a positive vehicle for change is at the core of our key values and we are extremely confident that we can make a huge impact for generations coming through. We will not stop until this problem has been significantly addressed and these above figures are reduced to their absolute minimum, ideally to zero! Help us utilize the gift of music for good and not greed… Help us in Making Music Matter.
(1) Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census Data (2016)
To end homelessness through the powerful medium of music. “Making Music Matter”
Our approach is holistic and all encompassing. Through providing funding to our carefully chosen organisations we aim to attack the problem of homelessness from the ground up and from every angle.
From proactive prevention through training and mentoring programs to managing, containing and alleviating the current situation through housing, reducing discomfort and providing ongoing support.
Busking For Beds is a unique and surprisingly untried concept that aims to strip away the corporate driven dog eat dog side of the music industry that has plagued it in recent times, instead using music for the intrinsic gift that it has offered us over centuries and centuries by providing roofs over heads.
WHAT IS BUSKING?
Put simply busking is the act of playing music in the street or other public place for voluntary donations.
The term busking also incorporates a broader spectrum of street performing such as acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon twisting, magic, juggling, mime, living statue, puppeteering, street art, and poetry recital to name but a few.
For the purposes of this particular project however we will mainly be looking at music performance.