Important Information

We’re doing it differently this year! Your entry will be a video submission of you (or your group) busking, with a maximum length of 10 minutes. The video has to be of you actually busking, not playing in your living room or home. Please take a few snapshots of your setup too so your viewers can get a sense of your setup and where you are.

You can then do some basic editing of your video  – putting on some titles, adding some reverb if you wish – however it must be the original audio from your live busking session. You can’t overdub or add additional sound effects or tracks. Let’s keep it real!

Once submitted, all entries will be published online and then a window of voting will open for the special Peoples Choice Award. The three most popular entries regardless of the age category will win Peoples Choice Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and our ANBC judging panel will choose recipients for the National Champions Award and Title as well as special prizes.

There is $6700 of prize money up for grabs, so get out there and get busking!


Registration opens on the 21st of November. You will find a link to the registration page at the bottom of this page.

There will be a voting period from 14th – 30th December. This is when you can get as many people to vote for your entry as you can. The entries with the most popular votes will win the peoples choice cash prizes. The winners will be announced on the 31st December and contacted to arrange the prizes to be transferred either by electronic payments or by cheque.


Please scroll to the bottom of this page for the registration link (it will be active on the 21st November). Please read all the relevant information before registering, to ensure a smooth application process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

PRIZES and awards

 Thank you to our amazing sponsors this year for making it possible! Click on the categories below to see the prizes available in 2020. 

Open Age Category - total $2200

Four Awards
First prize: $1,000 and title of 2020 Australian National Busking Champion!
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $400
Fourth prize: $300

Secondary Age Category - Total $1400

To be eligible for this category, you (or the oldest member of your group) must be aged between 13 and 17 as of 1st Feb 2020 (that is, you were secondary school age in 2020)

Four Prizes
First prize: $500
Second prize: $400
Third prize: $300
Fourth prize: $200

Primary Age Category - Total $650

To be eligible for this category, you (or the oldest member of your group) needs to be 13 and under as of 1st Feb 2020 (that is, you were of primary school age or younger in 2020)

Four Awards
First prize: $300
Second prize: $200
Third prize: $100
Fourth prize: $50

Special Judges Awards - Total $1850

Our panel of judges will be awarding the following prizes (and possibly more) to entrants. They will not be based on the number of public votes!

Eleven Awards
Best Band: $400
Best Duo: $200
Blues Music Award: $300
Non-musical Street Performance: $300
Abilities in Music Award: $100
Community Music Award: $100
Country Music Award: $100
Classical Music Youth Award: $100
Encouragement Award, 5 x $50: $250 

Peoples Choice Award - Total $600

The three entries with the most popular online votes will win the following awards:

Three Awards
First: $300
Second: $200
Third: $100

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get votes?

Once you have registered and uploaded your video, you will get your own page, which you can then share with your family, friends and fans. Each person can vote for as many busking acts as they like, but can only vote once per act.

Is there a size or length limit to the video?

Yes, please limit the video to 10 minutes and 50 MB. If you don’t know how to reduce the size of the video, please upload the video to youtube and submit the youtube link.

If I win a prize, when and how will I receive the winnings?

You will be contacted by ANBC to provide banking details, or you will be sent a cheque in the mail (yes we still use cheques!). We will be aiming to do this on the 31st of December. Please ensure you provide correct contact details when you pay your registration fee!

How will you stop people from cheating?

Cheating or rigging of the system in any way will not be tolerated, and entries that have engaged in this behaviour will be disqualified. Some entrants will have hundreds of facebook friends, and will be really good at getting everyone they know to vote for them, and will give some people a natural advantage. So don’t be shy – ask everyone you know to vote for you!

How much does it cost to enter the competition?

All entries for 2020 will cost $5. This is for both individuals and groups. In other words, $5 for a group or $5 for an individual. If you have 4 people in the group, it will only cost $5. We have reduced entry fees for 2020 to make it as accessible as possible.


Is the title of Australian National Busking Champion an actual thing?

Yes! And if you talk to many of our previous title holders, it really does open doors as an entertainer. Some of our previous winners have embarked on amazing musical journeys, and having a national award like ANBC really does help. The cash prizes are great too! Just search the internet for “Australian National Busking Champions” and you will see!

Does the video entry have to be of me/us busking? Or can we send in a video from our loungeroom?

We really want you to get out there and do some real busking. We understand that all juristictions of Australia now have lifted restrictions that might otherwise restrict busking activies, so get out there and busk! Have a friend or family member video your performance, and submit it.1

Can I donate money / currency to a busker?

We are hoping to have this functionality built into the website before launch but otherwise the best thing you can do is share their page to your facebook, via email and help them get as many votes as possible!

How can I get more information?

Please use the contact form or keep looking around the website.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the terms and conditions before registering.

  • This competition is only open for unsigned artists. Unsigned means artists that don’t have professional management and/or recording contracts)
  • One video per registration only – make it your best.
  • Each person can vote for as many acts as they like but only once per act. A person will be defined in technical terms for the purpose of voting restrictions as an IP address.
  • Your video must be of busking or street performance in Australia. Non-musical performances are welcome.
  • Your video must be no more than 10 minutes long,  a maximum of 50MB in length, and in mp4 format or, as a YouTube link.
  • Your video must be uploaded upon registration, or if the video is on YouTube your video’s YouTube link must be provided with registration
  • Your video may be edited however the audio must be of the live busking performance being recorded. Looping and backing tracks used in the performance are permitted.
  • The content of the video must be family-friendly and must not contain any offensive language, nudity, or dangerous or antisocial behaviour.
  • Registrations will be accepted up to the 30th of December 2020. However, later registrations submitted after the start of the voting period will not have the same opportunity to get as many votes as those submitted when registration opens.
  • The voting process will be monitored closely by ANBC Inc. Any cheating will result in instant disqualification and the entry fee refunded.
  • The decisions of the judges and ANBC Inc. are final and will not be open for any further correspondence.
  • ANBC Inc. reserves the right to cancel any registration and refund the entry fee if the content of the submitted video is deemed to be inappropriate for this competition.
  • By agreeing to the terms and conditions of this competition, all competitors and the parents of any under-aged* competitors agree to ANBC Inc. using any video or images that are submitted for any future promotions by the Australian National Busking Championships network. (*16 years of age)
  • There is an entry fee of $5 payable online immediately after you submit your entry. Your entry will not be processed until the entry fee has been paid.

By continuing, you agree to these terms and conditions.


Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible

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