Skip to content

Urban Music Governance

What Busking Can Teach Us about Data, Policy and Our Cities

image of Urban Music Governance


What happens when precarious urban cultural labourers take data collection, laws and policymaking into their own hands? Buskers have been part of our cities for hundreds of years, but they remain invisible to governments and in datasets. From nuisance to public art, this cultural practice can help us understand the politics of data collection, archives, regulatory frameworks and urban planning. Busking also responds to underlying questions on the boundaries of the right to the city – and who has a voice in shaping how our cities are planned and governed.

A transnational exploration of street performance, Urban Music Governance examines the intricate limits of legality, data visibility and resistance from the perspective of those working at the social and regulatory margins of society. Based on fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro and Montreal spanning across a decade, the book puts forward a lively account on why such an often-overlooked practice matter in the 21st century.

By investigating the role of busking in contemporary society, Urban Music Governance presents an original interdisciplinary study that exposes how power dynamics in policymaking decide issues of access – and exclusion – around us, above and below ground.

Related Topics: Music

-contentType:Contributor -contentType:Concept -contentType:Institution
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error