Madrid buskers told to audition before playing on the street

Aug. 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

MADRID, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Officials in the Spanish capital said the city's buskers will have to prove their musical skills before playing on the street in an attempt to gain donations.

Madrid Town Hall's Music and Museums Department said one-year permits will be issued free of charge to musicians who the department deems to be cultural assets to the city, The Local.se reported Wednesday.

"We want to offer the best impression possible to tourists and allow local residents to get their rest too," said David Erguido, councilor for Madrid's Centro district.

The buskers will also be limited to playing between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. in the winter months, with the time extended until 11 p.m. during the summer.

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