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Street Musicians Using Mobile Payment Tip Jars
For years street musicians have been making a living playing in public places taking donations using a tip jar. To the delight of listeners they stop briefly, leave a tip, and move on. With advances in mobile payments many people carry very little cash. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal most carry around twenty dollars. This can reduce the amount of the tip. Some listeners make effort to get change and come back, but that doesn’t happen too often. Now many street acts have joined the digital currency world by setting up accounts on any number of payment systems. With a mobile app installed on the listener’s cell phone, Android Pay, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, and the musician having an account with these companies, it makes it easy to deposit tips directly into the street players account. Players have found this increased the amount of the tips by double or even triple, not in the amount per tip but in the fact that there are more tips. Opening an account on all three doesn’t limit you. Contact them, it’s an easy process. Musicians entertaining in a high traffic area, usually a city block in a high end retail district or inside a busy mall, this could be very lucrative. It also doesn’t require a full set up. A single or quartet with a small PA will do. People like the spontaneity and break out their cell phones to and sending tips. Post a sign with the mobile apps you accept. Ask them to post the video, its good publicity and a way to gain follows. Just remember you need a permit which most municipalities will issue for a small fee, well worth it. Fines can be hefty
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Street Musicians Using Mobile Payment Tip Jars
For years street musicians have been making a living playing in public places taking donations using a tip jar. To the delight of listeners they stop briefly, leave a tip, and move on. With advances in mobile payments many people carry very little cash. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal most carry around twenty dollars. This can reduce the amount of the tip. Some listeners make effort to get change and come back, but that doesn’t happen too often. Now many street acts have joined the digital currency world by setting up accounts on any number of payment systems. With a mobile app installed on the listener’s cell phone, Android Pay, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, and the musician having an account with these companies, it makes it easy to deposit tips directly into the street players account. Players have found this increased the amount of the tips by double or even triple, not in the amount per tip but in the fact that there are more tips. Opening an account on all three doesn’t limit you. Contact them, it’s an easy process. Musicians entertaining in a high traffic area, usually a city block in a high end retail district or inside a busy mall, this could be very lucrative. It also doesn’t require a full set up. A single or quartet with a small PA will do. People like the spontaneity and break out their cell phones to and sending tips. Post a sign with the mobile apps you accept. Ask them to post the video, its good publicity and a way to gain follows. Just remember you need a permit which most municipalities will issue for a small fee, well worth it. Fines can be hefty
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