Musical Busking Workshop - 2020 October Mental Health - Music in support of Child Abuse Prevention and Recovery

Wednesday 28 October 2020

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Workshop description

  • Venue: Squire Park, Kendal St, Cowra NSW 2794.
  • Date and Times: Wednesday: 28 October 2020, 15:30-18:30
  • Busking Location: In front of the flag pole at the usual busking workshop location in Squire Park
This musical busking workshop provides an opportunity for young people (under 18yo) to practice playing their music to a wider audience whilst supporting child abuse prevention and recovery within the context of October Mental Health Month.

Purpose: Aim at busking on your own beyond the workshop: develop confidence to play your music in public, learn your responsibilities as a busker, learn what to pack, learn what is important to you, and how to manage your area, and the audience... whilst enjoying your music.

Note that this workshop is subject to the current NSW Health regulations due the COVID-19 pandemic. Management of this event approved by council is subject to following the measures listed in the COVID-19 plan approved for this event. Whilst these are mostly the responsibility of the organiser, each player will also have additional responsibilities. See below under the heading: Your responsibility as a player

Your responsibility as a player:

  • Ensure that you are well. If unwell, do not come, let the organiser know, self-isolate and seek medical advice.
  • Ensure you do not come if you have visited one of the locations with self-isolate alerts from the NSW Government website.Check such locations here on the day of the workshop.
  • Become aware of the COVID-19 plan in place to understand and respect the management of the event and the management of the audience as microphone announcements may need to take place between performers to remind the audience of their social distancing and personal hygiene responsibilities.
  • Although 15mns is allocated for each timeslot, this also allows for cleaning, regulatory announcement, and the reading of the message in support of the prevention of child abuse. Therefore I suggest each player prepares for 15mns of music maximum and expects to play 10mns of music minimum.
  • Bring your musical instrument and music, appropriate clothing, water and food, and a will to learn and share.
  • Give yourself enough time to setup and start on time for your chosen timeslot.
  • Follow the Hygiene regulations by washing your hands prior and after playing and cleaning your instrument after playing.
  • Follow the Social Distancing regulations when practical and as guided by the organiser.
  • Use the supplied equipment respectfully eg microphone, amplifier, music stand, keyboard.
  • Respect the other workshop participants.
  • Upon playing, let the organiser know whether you will read a message related to the workshop child abuse prevention theme, and whether you are planning to play for the entire timeslot. Thank you.
  • Given that the weather is forecast as "Shower or 2", please bring an umbrella and a rainproof bag for your music and instrument just in case we get caught by a sudden shower.
Our responsibility:
  • Organise the legal use of the public space.
  • Provide each player with a leaflet with the messages they may read and/or take home.
  • Provide the resources to support the player such as microphone, amplifier, music stand, keyboard.
  • Agree with the player at the beginning of each timeslot to whom will read the message related to the workshop child abuse prevention theme.
  • Ensure the player whilst playing is safe.
  • Facilitate the learning of each player seeking feedback.
  • Manage the event according to the approved COVID-19 plan.
  • Handle the potential donations as one group donation to avoid physical access to such coins and notes due to hygiene requirements. Remove costs and distribute any residual funds in equal part between all participants ideally using electronic funds transfer to avoid money handling.
NOT our responsibility:
  • the well-being of players registered for the workshop but awaiting playing is not our responsibility.
    It is expected that the well-being of players awaiting playing falls under the responsibility of their parent or accompanying adult.


The event is closed.

Six young performers registered aged 6yo to 15yo. Five came on the day and managed to play despite some rain event.

Despite the lack of audience they performed and practised sharing their music in an outdoor environment.

  • To register each participant had to:
    • identify a 15 minutes timeslot from the list of available timeslots below.
    • Call 0458 698 460 with the chosen timeslot, name of the young person, instrument, and contact phone number.

  • 15mns Timeslots currently available are green. Completed registrations show the initials of the player, and instrument (k: keyboard. v:violin)
    NA indicates the timeslot is Not Available until the venue is finalised based on the weather forecast on October 23.

    15:30: JR(v) 15:45: HR(k) 16:00: 16:15: AH(v)
    16:30: TR(k) 16:45: LR(k) 17:00: SM(k) 17:15:
    17:30 17:45: 18:00: 18:15:

  • Notes:
    • there may be a possibility of more play time on the day if timeslots are available.
    • if the young person would rather play for less than 15mns, the organiser will ensure continuity of play.

ABN: 49 961 107 252 Enjoy your music!