London introduces contactless payments for buskers




 

London is introducing a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what organisers said would be a world first, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday as he unveiled a partnership with tech company iZettle.

Under the "Busk in London" programme, street musicians in the British capital will be able to accept non-cash payments with contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin.

"Now, more Londoners will be able to show their support to the capital's brilliant, talented street performers," Khan said at the launch of the scheme, calling the city "a powerhouse of music".

Charlotte Campbell, a full-time busker who has been trialling the technology for two weeks, said she had noticed a "significant" increase in contributions.

"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," she said.

The project allows performers to set a fixed amount of money to donate and accept contactless payments from passers-by.

iZettle and Busk in London have started rolling the feature out to performers across the city and the company said it would make it available to more charity organisations, NGOs and small businesses.

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    (2018-05-28 10:35:14Z)

    A contactless payment-equipped remain into which the entertainer can embed their cell phone, and an application introduced onto that handset which enables the gathering of people individuals to include the sum they'd jump at the chance to tip, before tapping their card or portable.

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