City of Subiaco - How busking in Subiaco got this young man to Peru
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How busking in Subiaco got this young man to Peru
Wednesday 19 December 2018

If you stroll the streets of Subiaco in summer, you’ve probably heard the cool jazz sounds of James Chapman.

James started busking on Subiaco corners when he was fifteen in 2015 and has been bringing his music to the streets every summer holiday since.

Now a first year student at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), James busks with his jazz trumpet to fundraise for various trips and adventures.

“In my first year I was fundraising for a month-long trek challenge which I completed in Peru,” James said.

The city’s youth busking program allows young creatives like James to busk at various locations in the town centre for free.

With 20 000 local workers coming to Subiaco each day, the town centre presents a prosperous opportunity for buskers during the working week.

“I’ve busked at a few different locations but I find the Subiaco Post Office is a good hot spot,” James said.

“The people in Subi are really nice and I’ve always felt safe and comfortable when busking.

“I play a lot of jazz songs, Queen covers, James Bond songs and a Christmas song every now and again.

“Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is definitely a crowd favourite!” James said.

There are four locations you can busk at in the City of Subiaco - you just need to apply for a street entertainment permit. The process is simple and free, and you can adapt your hours to fit around your existing work or study commitments. To find out more visit