This Research Group studies street music in all its forms, historical and contemporary. We are interested to learn why people busk, and where they busk and the role that festivals, government regulation and technology play in buskers’ livelihoods.
Our scholarship and advocacy aligns with the United Nation’s Sustainable Action 2015 Goal 11, ‘Make cities safe, resilient and sustainable’. We endeavour to work with industry partners and regulators to advocate for the rights and cultural significance of busking.
- Daniel Bacchieri, Founder and Curator, StreetMusicMap
- Dr Jacek Blaszkiewicz, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
- Dr Gay Breyley, Monash University (Music)
- Nick Broad, co-founder of The Busking Project
- Dr Sarah Chaker, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna
- Dr Meg Elkins, RMIT University (Economics, Finance and Marketing)
- Pablo Iván Argüello González, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México
- Ewelina Grygier, Polish Academy of Sciences
- Amanda Krause, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne
- Dr John Garzoli, Monash University (Music)
- Associate Professor Shane Homan, Monash University (Media, Film and Journalism)
- Matthew Horsley, Monash University (Music)
- Liliana Maz, co-founder of The Busking Project
- Professor Luke McNamara, University of New South Wales (Law)
- Dr Nick Nourse, University of Bristol
- Associate Professor Julia Quilter, University of Wollongong (Law)
- Dr Jhessica Reia, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher, McGill University
- Dr Paul Simpson, Plymouth University (Human Geography)
- Professor Carolyn S. Stevens, Monash University (Japanese Studies)
- Dr Sarah Taylor, RMIT University
- Dr Nicholas Tochka, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
- ‘Street Music: Ethnography, Performance, Theory’, special issue of Journal of Musicological Research 35/2 (2016) edited by Paul Watt
- ‘Street Music: Histories and Historiographies’, special issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review, edited by Paul Watt 15/1 (2018)
- Julia Quilter and Luke McNamara, ‘”Long May the Buskers Carry On Busking”: Street Music and the Law in Melbourne and Sydney, Melbourne University Law Review, 39/2 (2016): 539–91.
Funded by the Monash Research Accelerator Program an International Conference on Street Music was held on 8–9 December 2014.
View the conference program.