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Thursday 14th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

THE city which produced the Beatles ensured that its streets would continue to echo to the sounds of music when it launched a new guide for buskers yesterday.

The 12-page guide was produced with the support of the north-west region of the Trades Union Congress.

It comes as the result of a collaboration between the Musicians’ Union (MU), Liverpool City Council and local trade initiative the Business Improvement District (BID).

“Buskers in Liverpool now have a guide that will help nurture music and other art forms on the streets, with all the benefits this will bring to the city, to buskers and to wider society,” said Musicians’ Union regional organiser Morris Stemp.

In 2012 a managed system of buskers with licensed pitches was planned but dropped due to opposition from both buskers and the MU.

But problems existed over where buskers could perform and issues such as noise levels disturbing local shops.

So the buskers’ best practice guide was produced. It is thought to be the first in the country.

It is expected to reduce the number of complaints made against buskers.

“It’s great to see the positive role that trade unions can have on society and the positive reasons for being a member of a trade union,” said TUC North West regional secretary Lynn Collins.

And Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “By working together with the busking community we will bring our streets alive for the benefit of everyone.”