I'm here Alex. To clarify, I really enjoy seeing and hearing street musicians and am willing to pay for the privilege. Here in the U.S., if one wishes to perform copyrighted music for more than their family and close friends, pursuant to the copyright law, Title 17, United States Code (as is published on the internet), the player or the organization he plays for must secure a copyright license for each song they play. The agencies, ASCAP and BMI, may grant annual licenses as cover all the music THEIR members copyright. I just released a limited edition CD ( just 50 CDs) that has just 10 copyrighted songs. For such, I had to pay ASCAP nearly $190.00. I normally compliment or give 10 CDs FREE, so if one does the math, just to recover this, my CD must sell for more than $4.75, but with production costs included it sells for $8.45 (with NC sales tax that's $9.00 even). This is a brass instrumental with a song by the Beegees, one by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and one by Richard Rodgers (the lyricist of this last was Oscar Hammerstein II, but no one sings on my CDs). In summary, the cost of solo public performance is HIGH! Pay the price or get hired by a band / orchestra / or venue that has license.