“With people shunning cash and only using digital payments, how can a busking musician make any money?
Reporter Rebecca Zhu looks at how Melbourne’s buskers are grappling with the change to a “cashless” society.”
Published on Jan 1, 2019
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By SAHAR MOURAD FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 14:55 GMT, 19 December 2018
An innovative busker has found a clever way to get past the cashless society he claims is ruining the industry. Peter Clayton from Adelaide sings and plays the guitar on the street for donations from strangers, but says people having no cash is hurting his passion.’It’s not just me…talking to other buskers it just feels like the cashless society is starting to bite,’ he told Seven News. In hopes of inspiring passerbys to support him, Mr Clayton places some of his own coins into his guitar case. ‘There’s nothing worse than staring into an empty case,’ he said. Skyla Morgan, another busker on the streets of Adelaide, told the publication that their experiences are starting to feel empty because of the lack of cash. Following a trial in Melbourne where buskers began using EFTPOS machines to accept payments, Mr Clayton decided to trial it for himself. ‘If someone wants to give me something, hopefully after I finish the song, (I) enter an amount on the phone, and they just payWave,’ he said.
Peter Clayton from Adelaide sings and plays the guitar to anyone who would enjoy listening
to him but said people having no cash is hurting his passion.
Following a trial in Melbourne where buskers began using EFTPOS machines to accept
payments, Mr Clayton decided to trial it for himself.
Mr Clayton hopes other buskers would pick up the trend to help them with their passion for