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London buskers are joining the contactless payment revolution

Busking is one of the few professions still dependent on people having a few quid – or at least a bit of loose change – jangling around in their jeans pocket.

As contactless payments with smartphones, watches and debit cards, push us even closer to a cashless society, buskers could be getting the short shrift.

However, street musicians in the capital are now able to join the 21st century and accept contactless payments, as well as chip and pin cards, as part of a new scheme.

Thanks to a partnership with iZettle, the street musicians will be handed their own payment terminals. The artists be able to set a default donation amount, so passers-by can simply scan their card or device on the way past, while the musician continues playing.

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One musician, who has been trialling the scheme for the last couple of weeks, told Sky News said the tech has had a significant impact on her takings.

Charlotte Campbell, who busks full time, said: “I believe if street performers like myself don’t adapt to the cashless society we are edging towards, we’re at risk of becoming a dying art.

“I’ve only trialled Repeat Payments for two weeks and it’s already had a significant impact on the contributions I’ve received. More people than ever tap-to-donate whilst I sing, and often, when one person does, another follows.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan added: “For London to maintain its status as a global capital of music, it’s vitally important that we support the stars of tomorrow.

“Busking helps emerging artists to hone their talent and gives them the chance to perform in front of huge numbers of people. I’m delighted that iZettle has chosen London to launch this innovative scheme – allowing artists to accept donations by card payment, as well as cash.”

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