The artists who tried the system were satisfied: their income increased significantly.
In London, launched a system that allows paying street musicians in a non-contact way. Artists can choose how much money they want to receive through special terminals.
The project was launched by the City Hall of London in partnership with Busk In London (it represents street musicians – “baskers”) and the Swedish fiinte company iZettle. The system will be launched in all 32 districts of the city, but before that it was tested by several artists.
Street entertainer Charlotte Campbell (Charlotte Campbell) was one of the participants of testing and positively responded about the system. According to her, contactless payments “had a significant impact on donations.” The girl noted that she was paid more money than before, and if one person approached, then other people followed him.
Some street performers have previously found ways to get contactless payments. For example, in China for this use QR-codes, crawling which can immediately make a donation through local payment systems. However, London became the first city where such a system was launched with the submission of city authorities.
As noted in the BBC, in the center of London there are a lot of “bashkers”, but many passers-by do not have small things in their pockets, but they do not want to pay large bills. Contactless payment can solve this problem.
Playing on the street helps artists to hone their talent and gives a chance to show themselves before a huge number of people. I’m glad that iZettle chose London to launch this innovative scheme that will allow artists to receive donations through card payments the same way as cash. Now even more Londoners will support the brilliant and talented street musicians of the capital.
Many experts are concerned that cash is lost from the streets of the city, since this is the last chance for the homeless. Such people usually do not have a bank account or phone and they can only rely on cash.