Locals can now tip musicians playing the streets of Downtown Barrie, using their debit and credit cards. The Emerging Musicians Program (EMP) is teaming up with local technology innovators – to overcome barriers to tipping – with cryptocurrency PIVX.

All you have to do is scan the unique QR code on signs carried by each individual musician.

“Connecting PIVX with the Emerging Musicians program offers the perfect opportunity to educate citizens about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology while supporting local arts initiatives in our downtown,” said Chad Ballantyne, Marketing and Community Manager of PIVX. “The PIVX community is excited to see how this small integration could be a catalyst for transforming our downtown economy, helping citizens embrace this technology and further elevating Barrie as an innovative city.”

The City of Barrie, local BIA and Ontario Musicians Co-operative (OMCI) are teaming up to develope the former Street Performers Progam into the EMP. Fifteen local artists are performing this year, as a result, and carrying on the already successful track record of the former in launching music careers.

“The Emerging Musicians Program helps these local artists launch their careers while adding vibrancy and energy to downtown Barrie,” said Karen Dubeau, Director of the Creative Economy. “Working with our partners at the BIA and OMCI, the program provides the artists with increased marketing support and training that focuses on the music business, giving them a platform to showcase their talent and helping to set them up for future success.”

Performances are taking place in the downtown core Tuesday – Sunday through to September.

For information, visit www.PIVX.org and www.barrie.ca/EmergingMusicians.

(Photo credit: Seb Barsoumian)