Over $10,000
in Prizes !!

Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast proudly presents


Sat 24th March 2018

Ballarat VIC

Proudly  Supporting  

Busking in Ballarat

Ballarat will be hosting a Regional Final of the Australian National Busking Championships on
Saturday 24th March 2018 with buskers performing throughout the CBD.

How It All Works !

* The Busking Performance Day is from 10am to 4pm

* Buskers be able to perform a minimum of 4 x 40min sessions spread anytime over the Busking Day at different hot-spots

* A week before the event a Busker Timetable will be created for pre-registered buskers and available online (here)

* Roaming Judges will invite selected buskers to perform in the Final Concert from 5pm, when judges/audience decide their final winners

Calling all BUSKERS !!!

Register to perform on the day and you could win cash prizes, as well as tips and busker votes from your admiring audience. Register Online to compete to win some Prizes.

(Scroll down or click Registration above to Register)

Spectators ... it's FREE

Come and join us in Ballarat for fabulous music with performers from all over the country covering all styles from rock to pop, jazz to blues, country to classical, freestyle to folk..

(Scroll down or click Info above for more details)

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Busker Registration

Buskers ... It's All About You

Buskers are King at the ANBC Ballarat Regional Final, you really make the event.
The ANBC is open to all genres, all ages, professional or amateur, groups or individuals.

COST               $25.00 Each Busker               Groups $60.00 (Max)

How Do I Register?

ALL Buskers are required to Register via Online Entry Form ...

[ Click Here to Register Online ]

Under 16 Years Old? ... We require signed parent/guardian consent.

Download and print first page of the entry form, fill out Name, Category, Age, Contact details & Parent/Guardian must sign.
Scan or take a photo of the form (with your phone), and e-mail to admin@buskingballarat.com.au with your name as the subject.

[ Click Here to Download Entry Form ]

Let's talk about Prizes

Total Prize Pool of Over $10,000 !!!

Covering a Multitude of Categories

Across 3 Different Age Groups

So ... there is plenty of scope to win BIG!
Buskers are also encouraged to "Put Their Hat Out" and earn REAL MONEY plus Busker Votes.
You can even sell your CD's - We encourage you to promote yourself as much as you like!

(Scroll down to see all the Prizes !)


The Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC), now in it's sixth year, is a different sort of music festival for Australia, and the competitions are occurring in more regional areas.
The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the Buskers who perform bring a huge variety of music to the event.

The Competition

Pre-registered Buskers will perform from 10am to 4pm at assigned Busking Hot Spots around the Central Business District of Ballarat. Throughout the day, roaming judges will select a number of Buskers to perform at the finals concert held from 5pm the same day, where the judges and audience will make their final decision on the winners.

Spectators are FREE !!!

At the ANBC all the street entertainment is provided FREE of charge. The audience can of course tip the busker if they wish. All the wonderful entertainment is performed literally feet from the spectator.

People's Choice & Busker Votes

The People's Choice Award is a chance for everyone to vote for their favourite Busker, here's how it works ...


You buy specially printed Busker Votes - $1 each from the Wendouree Breakfast Rotary Club Stall or other roaming sellers


You vote for your favourite Busker by placing your Busker Votes into their collection container be it hat / guitar case etc.


The Buskers will have their Busker Votes collected and counted by event officials, and the top 3 Buskers will be presented with the award at the Finals Concert

as simple as 1-2-3 !


About Us

The ANBC is the brainchild of Allan Spencer from the Cooma School of Music.

The ANBC Ballarat Regional Final is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast.

The Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast has members who are passionate and dedicated to supporting local and international projects. Our Club provides opportunities for business networking, personal development and a range of fun social activities. We meet at Lederman Hall in Ascot St on Wednesdays at 7:15am till 8:20am for breakfast. In 2015 we celebrated 25 years of service.

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Hotel and Convention Centre

613 Main Road,
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Holiday Park

108 Clayton St,
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Media 2018

Busking Performances ..

Media 2017

Street Performances ..

Final Winners ...

OPEN Section Awards ... $3,700

$2,000.00 - Open Champion ... Geoffrey Williams (Buninyong)
$1,000.00 - Second Place ... Chooka Parker (Ballarat)
$500.00 - Third Place ... Kieran Tobin (Torquay)
$200.00 - Fourth Place ... Joni Sheila (Belgium)

Sponsored by

"PEOPLE's Choice" Section Awards ... $2,000

$1,000.00 - People's Winner ... Shelby Grace (Cooma NSW)
$700.00 - Second Place ... Will Stephens (Ballarat)
$300.00 - Third Place ... Chloe Adele Perrett (Buninyong)

SECONDARY Section Awards (Ages 13-17 years incl.) ... $1,000

$500.00 - Secondary Champion ... Will Stephens (Ballarat)
$300.00 - Second Place ... Shelby Grace (Cooma NSW)
$200.00 - Third Place ... Nick Keogh (Albury NSW)

Best BAND Award (for bands/groups from 3 or more) ... $1,000

$1000.00 - Winning Band ... Caravan Kids (Melbourne)

PRIMARY Section (Ages 4-12 years incl.) ... $750

$400.00 - Primary Champion ... Ned Moran (Ascot Vale)
$200.00 - Second Place ... Milla Williams (Buninyong)
$100.00 - Third Place ... Zara Hayward (Ballarat)
$50.00 - Fourth Place ... Chloe Yeluri (Ballarat)

Special Awards ...

Busker Winner

Best Local Talent $500.00 Forge Pizzeria Little Brass Band (Ballarat)
Indigenous Multicultural $500.00 City of Ballarat - Harmony Week Chikara Sueda (Glen Aplin QLD)

Special Judges Awards ...

Most Smiles $200.00 Jeremy Schocroft - Wendouree Dental Sparks (Melbourne)
Encouragement (Secondary) $200.00 Suttons House of Music Chloe Adele Perrett (Buninyong)
Vocalist Award $200.00 Oscars Captain Justyna (Armidale)
Abilities in Music $200.00 Miners Tavern Jack Stacey (Alfredton)
Community Music $200.00 Cold Rock Ice Creamery & Pretzel World Ukes d'Jour (Mike Fenton - Barongarook)
Encouragement (Open) $200.00 The Unicorn Hotel Michael Hardiman (Wandana Heights)
4th Place in Open $200.00 The Sporting Globe Joni Sheila (Footscray)
Non-Music Award $200.00 Europa Cafe Sarah Wynen (Ballarat)

Barrel Draw Prizes ...

Public Winner

Inhabit Homewares $169.00 Swiss Diamond Frying Pan Nina
QHC Wealth Management & Regent Hotel $230.00 QHC Wealth Management Consultation + 2 x Movie tickets from Regent Hotel Russell Edwards
Golden City Hotel $200.00 4 x $50 Golden City Meal Vouchers Jacob Dodd
Zambrero $120.00 4 x Zambrero Meal Vouchers Hayden McGill
Beechworth Bakery   $75.00 Beechworth Bakery Voucher Bob Edwards
Early Settlers $100.00 Early Settlers Voucher Lauren Micallef .. $$ at Schintz’s
The Munster Arms $250.00 5 x $50 Dinner Vouchers Deb McNulty .. $$ at IneXterior Cafe
Mercure Ballarat Hotel $220.00 Overnight Stay + Dinner & Breakfast Ruth Godfrey-Roberts .. $$ at IneXterior Cafe
Craig's Royal Hotel $280.00 Overnight Stay Sandra Doyle
Sovereign Hill $136.00 Family Day Pass Nadine Holland
Mars Confectionery $200.00 An Overload of Chocolate Katie Howard

Busking Basics Workshop


Saturday 10th Feb 2018,
2pm to 5pm


... To Be Advised ...


FREE ... (if pre-registered)

The Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast will again host a regional final of the Australian National Busking Championships in Ballarat, on Saturday 24th March 2018, and in the lead up to this event, we have organised a Busking Basics Workshop.

We have engaged the services of a number of well established artists and/or teachers who will participate as instructors and mentors at this workshop.

Geoffrey Williams

Musician/singer/songwriter and the 2017 Australian National Busking Champion

[ Click for Biography ]

Jami Blomeley

Existdance owner. Teaches Hip Hop, Break dance, etc. Personal Fitness Instructor and Bodybuilding Choreographer

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Barry Govan

Internationally acclaimed magician with 6 recent USA tours Author of a number of technical magic books.

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Scott Fraser

Self taught musician/singer/songwriter. Current music tutor.

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Participants in this workshop will be provided with information on how a number of internationally famous artists’ careers evolved from busker beginnings.
The objective of the workshop will be to provide an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and experience giving aspiring musicians and performers the confidence to take the next step.
Each mentor will be given the opportunity to relate their story, provide some hints and tips, answer a few questions and perhaps entertain us with a couple of songs or a brief demo.

Hopefully the participants will walk away with a host of ideas on preparation, presentation, audience engagement and more, including some insight into the judging criteria used by the judges for the Australian National Busking Championships.

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