Musicians will be expected to have an extensive repertoire to stamp out buskers who the council says “clearly possess little or no musical ability and are using instruments merely as props to solicit contributions”.
Dublin Street Performers’ Organisation welcomed the introduction of auditions. Chairman Cezar Habeanu said: “We believe that poor-quality performers are annoying both for the members of the public and for our reputation as buskers.”
Councillor Rebecca Moynihan, who chairs DCC’s arts committee, said: “We are looking at auditioning people to ensure quality control, somewhat similar to the Tube in London.They are auditioned there.”
DCC has reviewed street performers’ bylaws which were introduced in April and is now seeking public consultation on the suggested changes.
The review states that “a regular cause of annoyance and complaint is the poor standard of performers”.
“For this reason it is proposed to include in the revised bylaws a provision for the introduction of auditions or other measures to determine the ability of performers.
“It is proposed to require performers to demonstrate that they have an appropriate repertoire of songs to prevent unnecessary repetition.”
Cllr Moynihan said that “by and large the bylaws have worked well” with over 700 permits given out so far this year.
However, she said amplification has remained a contentious issue and the council is now looking for “middle ground” between those who want a total ban and the performers who are adamant that amplification is an essential part of their acts.