Six Steps To Beating Poverty

This Summer, Oxjam will be stepping out of your favourite local music venue, and taking to the streets, as hundreds of music lovers pitch up on their high street and busk for Oxjam.

The idea is simple. We need you to sign up, get a band together and busk against poverty. All money raised will go towards supporting Oxfam’s projects helping the poorest people around the world, and in doing so, you’ll be joining our nationwide network of music lovers. You’ll be proving that music really can beat poverty too and contributing to the UK’s largest grassroots music festival.

Follow our 6 simple steps to busk for Oxjam and beat poverty for good!

Register as a Busker

First things first: Register online here. This way you’ll be joining our network of nationwide buskers, and we’ll be able to send your free Oxjam guide to busking.

Contact Your Local Council

It’s important that you check what busking regulations are in place in your town/city. Most councils require all buskers to follow a code of conduct, so make sure you download it and give it a read through before pitching up. Some councils do request you obtain a busking license though (especially if you are using sound equipment), so it is worth contacting them to be sure: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council.

Assemble your Musicians

Sort out who’s playing! This could be you (if you’re a solo artist), your band, a friend’s band or any local musicians you can rope into it! Any style suits too; Oxjam is all about local music regardless of genre.

Start Fundraising

Set up a JustGiving Page here and join our Oxjam Buskathon campaign. This way you can collect additional money if any of your friends can’t make it down but would like to donate.

Share It!

Get posing and start filming, sharing your best videos and photos using the hashtag #oxjambusk. We will then post the best on Oxjam social media so thousands of our followers can see your musical skills.

Pay in and Beat Poverty

Pay in online at https://donate.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam. Sit back and admire your fundraising/musical skills.