Here are all the results from the National Grand Final for the Australian National Busking Championships™ 2017 Cooma NSW.
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.
These are our 2017 Regional Busking Competitions so far:
- Stanthorpe Qld – 25 February
- Ballarat Vic – 18 March
- Narooma NSW – 27 May
- Noosa Qld – 10 June
- Peak Hill NSW – 23 September
In 2018 we could have as many as seven more regional towns on board.
How Does This Work in Cooma?
- The buskers are assigned special locations (Busking Hot Spots), at various times, around the CBD Cooma.
- 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 Grand Final Concert at 4:00 pm at Centennial Park.
- First place winners from the Open, Secondary and Primary age categories from the other ANBC Regional Competitions also qualify for a place a the Grand Final. These first place winners are also welcome to busk during the day as they can earn cash tips and Peoples Choice Award votes.
- The prizes are then awarded to the buskers with the most outstanding performances at this Grand Finals Concert.
The People’s Choice Award.
All buskers are encouraged to earn cash tips throughout the competition. 100% of this money made in cash tips is theirs to keep. Buskers may also sell their CDs and other merchandise.100% of this money from these sales will also go to these buskers. So besides the extra dollars that enterprising buskers can make in tips and sales there’s over $10,000 in cash to be won. This $10,000 prize pool is made up of over twenty different categories. Among these generous prizes there’s the Peoples Choice Awards where the public gets to vote for their favourite busker. The Peoples Choice Awards are $2,000 in total.
- These prizes are awarded to the buskers that get the most Busker Votes.
- The public will be able to purchase Busker Votes for $1 each on the day from the Cooma Rotary Club.
- There’s a 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 Grand Final Concert by also having a chance at winning prizes.
All The Prizes:
- Competitors must be at the Grand Final Concert to win a prize.
- In the Age Categories (Open/Secondary/Primary) competitors must be ready to perform on stage.
- If deemed necessary the judges may decide to award extra places in the Age Categories. Suitable cash amounts will be allocated to these extra places.
Open Age Category
- $2,000 – First Place (Open Champion)
- $1,000 – Second Place
- $500 – Third Place
Secondary Age Category
- $500 – First Place (Secondary Champion)
- $300 – Second Place
- $200 – Third Place
Primary Age Category
- $300 – First Place (Primary Champion)
- $200 – Second Place
- $100 – Third Place
Best Band – $1,000
Best School Group – $1,000
Peoples Choice Awards
- $1,000 – First Place
- $700 – Second Place
- $300 – Third Place
Special Judges Awards.
$200 each – These are awards that, where appropriate, recognize 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
- Entry Form: ENTRY FORM_2017 Cooma AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- For Large Groups: GROUP MEMBERS LIST FORM_Cooma 2017
- Would you like to be a sponsor or donate: ANBC 2017 Sponsorship prospectus_COOMA
Australian National Busking Championships™
Cooma Regional Competition and National Grand Final
Saturday 4 November 2017
Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_2017 Cooma AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Attachment Form for larger groups: GROUP MEMBERS LIST FORM_Cooma 2017
Here’s the details: ANBC 2017 Sponsorship prospectus_COOMA
How would you like to become part of this exciting event right here in Cooma?
2017 has been our year of expansion.
The Australian National Busking Championships™ now have ANBC competitions in six towns around Australia: Stanthorpe and Noosa in Queensland, Ballarat in Victoria, Narooma, Peak Hill and Cooma in NSW. The Cooma Championships will be the culmination of all these regional busking competitions.
We will be hosting the ANBC National Grand Final!
The Australian National Busking Championships™ is an Australia-wide music festival and competition. A unique festival, the ANBC celebrates the rich diversity of Australian music culture. Through out the year, Regional Finals are held in towns all over Australia culminating in the National Grand Final which is held in Cooma NSW on the first weekend of November each year.
Additional Group Members List Form for larger groups: GROUP MEMBERS LIST FORM_PEAK HILL 2017
Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be up for grabs at Peak Hill Regional Finals. Peak Hill is the latest regional town to join the ever-growing network of ANBC busking competitions around Australia. These include Stanthorpe Qld, Ballarat Vic, Narooma NSW, Noosa Qld and Cooma NSW.
There are generous prizes for 3 age categories, Open (Adult), Secondary (High School Age) and Primary (Primary School Age). Plus lots of other awards such as: Peoples Choice Award, Best Band, Country Music, Blues Music, Jazz Music, Classical Music, Folk, Indigenous, Community Based Music, Youth Encouragement, Most Innovative, and Ability Award (for buskers with a disability). Solos, Duos, Groups, Ensembles, Choirs are all welcome. There has even been a prize for non-musical Street Performance such as jugglers, magicians and dancers.
More information: http://coomamusic.com.au/australian-national-busking-championships
The Australian National Busking Championships™ regional finals are coming to Noosa Qld.
Busking heats on Saturday 10 June 2017
Finals Concert & Award Presentations Sunday 11 June 2017
Entry Form here: 2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Noosa
Wow, what a great day! 161 musicians, 28 busking spots, all different genres of music (including a bagpipe band!) over $10,000 in cash prizes!
Rex Regional Airline flights. A whole lot of fun!
Here’s a list of winners:
See you all next year the first weekend of November 2017!
Here are a list of Our Regional Championships for 2017 so far:
Congratulations to all the Award Winners!
Here’s the complete list:
Record Prize Pool!
This year we have $10, viagra approved 600 in cash prizes plus Rex Regional Express Airlines have donated 2 return flight tickets from Cooma to Sydney. This is valued at $862.40. Entries close this Saturday 29th October.
Check out the full List of Prizes here:
Entries close Saturday 29th October – Entry Forms here:
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– A Unique Music Festival For Your Town
The Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) is now in it’s 5th 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 Preliminary Championships in various regional towns around Australia. The winners from these regional events will be then invited to complete in the Grand Final back in Cooma on the first weekend in November of each year.
This event has been a great success from day one and as the years have gone by we have developed a template for this festival that we feel, can work in any town with the right kind support and know-how.
We have already had a wonderfully successful ANBC Preliminary Regional Final in Stanthrope, Queensland this year in February.
Stanthorpe Video Album: http://coomamusic.com.au/australian-national-busking-championships/anbc-stanthorpe-2016-video
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.
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 will be emailed to all the registered buskers. Roaming judges assess these performances during the day. The buskers get to choose how many sets they would like to perform and whether they would like to perform for the whole day or just at certain times. However, all buskers must be available to perform in the Preliminary Finals Concert at say, 5pm to be held in an open air venue such as the town park.
The prize-winners for the age categories will be selected by a panel of judges at the Preliminary Finals Concert. The Open Age Winner for each of these regional championships will be invited to go on to compete in the Grand Finals in Cooma.
A Worthwhile Community Event.
In Cooma, we have found that from it’s first year the Australian National Busking Championships™ has helped local not-for-profit groups raise money through fund raising activities on the day. Organisations such as the Cooma District Hospital Auxiliary, Cooma Rotary Club, Cooma Railway, 2MNO Community Radio, Cooma Swimming Club, St Patrick’s Parish School, to name a few, have raised thousands of dollars through this event. In fact, the main reason why the Australian National Busking Championships™ came into existence was through the wonderful work of the “Snowy Ride”. The ANBC was originally conceived to provide entertainment and fun for the 4,000 or so Snowy Riders as they pass through Cooma. Since it’s beginnings in 2001, this annual motorcycle event has raised over $5 million towards childhood cancer research. The Snowy Ride is organised by the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation. So we, at the Australian National Busking Championships™ are pleased to support the Snowy Ride. For more information about the Snowy Ride go to:https://www.snowyride.org.au/
The ANBC has also generated a much needed financial boost to the businesses of our country town. Coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, motels, clubs, retail shops and service stations have all benefited over the years. For Cooma, the ANBC comes at a normally “lean time” well after the winter ski season and before the start of Christmas trading. To their credit, local businesses have got behind this event by generously sponsoring prizes for the winners of the Championships.
The Rotary Club Partnership.
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. Celebrate with us, Australia’s rich and diverse music street culture!