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NYC subway performers eke out a living

October 30, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — To many, the real soundtrack of New York City plays out well below the street, in the subways, where the screeching trains combine with the drumming, strumming and singing of hundreds of performers.

They are known as buskers, and they have one of the toughest gigs in show business, trying to get some attention and hopefully some tips from 5 million daily commuters who are famous for their fast-walking focus and sharp elbows.

So how much can buskers make? While hard stats are elusive, some performers who are aggressive about it can make more than just pocket change.

Singer-songwriter Theo Eastwind has been performing his original rock songs in the subways since 1995. His best year performing and hawking CDs netted him about $80,000. His worst year? Just $15,000.

 
 

 

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