“What I like about playing on the streets is that you get to bring music to people who aren’t expecting it,” said Fletcher, who, with the help of a friend, built a custom traveling piano on wheels. “They light up with discovery.”
Fletcher, who also plays on a variety of stages in town, said the time is right for a documentary about the Asheville busking scene, which is concentrated in downtown.
“In Asheville, we really do have something unique in terms of street music culture … I think that all these people who are playing on the street are doing something that is worth remembering,” he added.
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“I think because busking can be lucrative,” Fletcher said, “it has pushed up wages” in traditional venues.
Living wages for musicians is a concern, and a part of the new advocacy group AMP (Asheville Music Professionals). The organization aims to provide education, advocacy, connection and collaboration for the people who work in music.