Music Compound instructor and students host pop-up gigs for tips, that are then donated to local charities.

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SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY NOV 8, 2019

Busking is a term used to describe street performers playing music for tips. Music Compound instructor, Bill Shepherd, has formed a Busking group known as the Sarasota Buskers.  100% of tips earned are donated to local charities.  The group is made up entirely of Music Compound students that decided to volunteer their talent and take their music to the streets.  Ages range from 18 to 80, and members of the group take ukulele, guitar, and/or piano lessons at the downtown studio adjacent to the Bazaar at Apricot and Lime. You will find the Sarasota Buskers at area parks and restaurants.  “Our goal is to raise money for charities while having fun with others.” Bill Shepherd, the instructor, shared.  So far, the Sarasota Buskers have raised $381 for the Child Protection Center.  Music Compound’s owner, Jenny Townsend is one of 40 captains for the CPC’s 40th Anniversary fundraising campaign. Jenny has recently begun ukulele lessons and plans to join the buskers at local pop-up gigs this month to assist with drumming up funds for the CPC. Visit the Sarasota Buskers Facebook page to learn more about their upcoming gigs.

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