Vienna Street Musicians
We, the street artists of Vienna and their supporters (Austria), want the Municipal Government to revoke their legislation on the laws regarding street music in our city. At the moment there are around 35 free places where 'street music' is allowed. However, no sensible thought has been given in providing good places to play. Some of these places are parks, where NOBODY wants to listen to street music. Other places that have been designated, taking traffic noise into consideration, are large areas where the musician has to scream to be heard. This detracts seriously from the quality of singing & playing afforded. Also, the times that a musician are allowed to play (usually 1 hour max) provide insufficient time to warm up. The time allowed per performance should and must be extended. Further, we want the time designated for the first performance of the day by any musician to be changed to an earlier time in the day. At the moment, no playing is allowed in most places before 16.00, at which time most people are going home and the streets are empty. This does not allow us to offer our best, to reach as many people as we could or to make a living. Street musicians must also be allowed to perform before passing audiences at lunch times (i.e. from 11.30 until 14.30) In addition, musicians must also be allowed to perform at later times, when people are passing on their way out for the evening (i.e. 20.00 to 22.00). Regarding amplification, it appears that there is now a move to limit output to 65dB. In some places, musicians NEED to be amplified, due to having electric & electronic instruments (such as e-guitar, keyboards, etc).. We want the whole of Vienna to hear our music. And we need YOUR support to get this City legislation changed. Please add your signature in support. Thank you Graham 'Freespirit'