ANBC – A Unique Australia Wide Music Festival
The Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) is now in it’s 6th year. For the first four years the ANBC has been held exclusively in Cooma NSW, the picturesque and historic capital of Australia’s Snowy Mountains. We have thought of these early years as the first stage in the ANBC vision for the future.
The next stage now is to make this event a truly National Championship by holding ANBC Regional Busking Competitions in various regional towns around Australia. The winners from these regional events will be then invited to complete in the National Grand Final back in Cooma in November of each year.
We have had many inquiries from several regional towns from the states of Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania. We are now actively looking for more regional towns to partner with us.
Here are a list of Our Regional Championships for 2017 so far:
*Noosa Heads Qld – June 2017
A Unique Music Festival:
The Australian National Busking Championships™ is a different sort of music festival for Australia. Music festivals in Australia have typically been based on a particular style of music, e.g. Tamworth Country Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival. The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the buskers that perform in this festival bring a huge variety of music to the event. Whether that be Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Indigenous, Multicultural or Classical, the Australian National Busking Championships™ reflects the rich diversity of Australian music culture.
Tickets for most music festivals are expensive; in the ANBC all the street entertainment is provided free of charge. The audience can, of course, tip the busker but that is their choice. All this wonderful music is performed literally feet away from them.
Although there are buskers at many music festivals in Australia, busking is typically relegated to a fringe activity. However, in this festival the buskers take pride of place. This festival brings music back to the people, back to the streets.
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How Does This Work?
The buskers are assigned special locations (Busking Hot Spots), at various times, around the central business district of the participating town. A timetable is given to all the registered buskers. Roaming judges assess these busking performances during the day. The Judges produce a short list of the best buskers who are then invited to compete in a Finals Concert at the end of the day. The prizes are then awarded to the buskers with the most outstanding performances at this Finals Concert. In the past, the venue for the Finals Concert has been a centrally located park. But a larger indoor performance venue may also be suitable
The Prizes for the Best Buskers
The prize-winners for the Age Categories will be selected by a panel of judges at the Finals Concert.
The Age Categories are:
- Primary (Primary school students)
- Secondary (Secondary school students)
The 1st place getters in each of these age categories for each of the ANBC Regional Busking Competitions will be invited to go on to compete in the National Grand Finals in Cooma NSW.
Apart from the Age Category Prizes there are a number of other prizes and awards that are open to all ages. These include:
The People’s Choice Award. This prize is awarded to the busker that get the most Busker Votes.
- The public will be able to purchase Busker Votes for $1 each on the day from their local Rotary Club.
- Limit of 50 Busker Votes per customer.
- The customer must validate their Busker Votes by writing their name and telephone number on the back of their Busker Votes. Invalid Busker Votes will not be counted.
- The public then can vote for their favorite busker by tipping that busker with Busker Votes.
- By the way, all of the Busker Votes will be placed into a Lucky Draw for several great prizes. The Busker Votes Lucky Draw will be conducted during the Finals Concert at the end of the day after all the Busker Votes have been counted. So the public can share in the fun of the Finals Concert by having a chance at winning prizes.
- Besides Busker Votes, the buskers may also me tipped by the public with real money! They get to keep 100% of that money. The organisers are also happy for them to sell their CDs and other merchandise.
Best Band Award. This is awarded to the best group or ensemble of 3 or more performers
Special Judges Awards. These are awards that, where appropriate, recognise and encourage the abilities of some buskers in various categories and with a variety of skills. In the past, we have awarded Special Judges Awards for:
- Ability (for buskers with a disability),
- Community Based Music
- Youth Encouragement
- Most Innovative
This list is just an example of some of the possible categories for the Special judges Awards. Some of these categories may not be applicable for all ANBC events. There may also be other different categories not listed here, that may be added depending on the variety and quality of the busking performances. The list of Special Judges Awards will be decided by the local organizers and judges at each Regional Competition.
In 2014, the Rotary Club of Cooma offered their assistance in running this community based event. Ever since, ANBC has gone from strength to strength. The ANBC committee sees this Rotary connection has vital to the continual growth of this great event.
The Australian National Busking Championships™ has the unique ability to provide significant benefits to the performers, the venue hosts, local businesses, community organisations and the general public. We hope you can join us in providing this wonderful event for your town or a town near you. Celebrate with us, Australia’s rich and diverse music street culture!
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