Busking for Change

Busking for Change is a charity event founded by Josh Pyke in 2009, with all profits going towards the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).

The ILF was set up by members of The Australian Book Industry with a vision to raise urgently needed funds to address the literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities.

“I’ve been an ambassador for the ILF for about five-years now,” says Pyke.

“The reasons I got involved are the same reasons that I stay involved. I believe Indigenous Australians should have access to the same opportunities that any Australian does, and I believe that having good literacy levels can be a starting point in opening those doors.”

In previous events, Josh has been joined by an impressive line up of artists such as Boy & Bear, Passenger, Holly Throsby, Evan & The Brave, Urthboy and Patrick James

In the five years Josh has raised over $50,000 for ILF through the Busking for Change event.



September 3, 2014

Busking for Change will be taking place very shortly and it is shaping up to be a great night! So far we have had prizes generously donated to us by triple j, Surfection, Converse and Spotify, as well as some beautiful art pieces by Jefferton James, Siobhan Skipworth and James Gulliver Hancock.

Recently added to the line up for the night is Patrick James, who supported Josh on his Lone Wolf Regional Tour earlier this year. Lindsay McDougall (triple j’s The Doctor) will also be the MC for the night.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to see a great line up of Australian acts and donate to worthy cause!

Tickets available at www.oztix.com

See you Thursday, September 4 at The Roller Den!


Josh Pyke Announces Busking For Change 2012

July 20, 2012

Josh Pyke has this weekend announced the special guests for his annual Busking for Change show to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This year’s event will take place at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney on the 30th August.

The special guests announced for Busking For Change include none other than Passenger and Evan & The Brave as well as Josh Pyke himself. Tickets for the show start at $35 (earlybird) with packages available.


BFC News

November 8, 2011

Whilst I couldn’t do Busking For Change this year due to touring commitments, I was able to donate all the profits from the little run of shows i did in July. It was called the Fans First Tour, and was my way of thanking the people that have been coming to gigs from day one, and so it felt fitting to pass the proceeds on to a worthy cause.

Shortly after the Fans First Tour, i was extremely honoured and excited to be invited to the Garma Festival as a guest of the ILF. The festival is run by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, and is in Eastern Arnhem Land. It’s really beautiful country out there.

I was invited along to run some song writing workshops in the Youth Forum section of the program, along with veteran sydney Hip Hopper, Morganics, and singer songwriter Emma Donovan. Legendary Australian children’s author Andy Griffiths was also attending as a guest of the ILF to run some creative writing workshops.

P1010852 The Workshops

It was an incredibly rewarding thing to be part of, and pretty challenging, writing, performing and recording 3 songs a day with 3 different groups of kids in both local Yolgnu Matha (language) and English. Plus we were outside in 40 degree heat!

Emma and I would work on the songs with the groups, and Morganics would produce the tracks up on the spot, and over see the beat boxing and rapping that the kids did too.

I’m proud to say that although it was a tall order, we got some great results, and most importantly, i think everyone had a good time!

P1010862 Morganics, Me, Emma Donovan

Apart from doing the workshops, i was also able to squeeze in listening to some really fascinating discussions and speeches, and see some amazing dance, film and art.

Unfortunately, I also got a mad fever on the last night and had to go to Gove Hospital for the night, which kinda sucked, but the over all experience was definitely worth it!

Lastly, i just wanted to thank everyone who donated some spare change to the ILF at the Only Sparrows concerts in September. The volunteers collecting the donations fielded loads of enquiries about the foundation, and apparently you guys donated over $2500 of much needed funds to a great cause. So thanks!

For more info on the ILF or the Garma Festival, please visit the below sites, and thanks again for your continued support.




Busking For Change 2010

September 1, 2010

Firstly we would like to thank everyone who came to Busking For change 2010, bought raffle tickets, bid on our silent auctions and supported the cause for making BFC 2010 such a fantastic success and such a fun night!

Last year after the BFC events, we raised a total of $12,643.56!

We are proud to announce that we knocked last year’s total off the charts, for after last Friday’s events, for 2010, we have raised an outstanding total of $17,170 ! which goes 100% to the Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP).

A MASSIVE Thank you goes to Holly Throsby, Boy and Bear and Passenger for donating their time and talent to our event, and our wonderful MC The Doctor- Lindsay. Also to our friends at EMI, Universal, Ivy League, Hachette books, Triple J, J Mag, The Drum media and of course the Annandale hotel for their generous donations and support.

Thank you for all your ongoing support!


August 25, 2009

Busking for Change and Josh Pyke are pleased to announce the guest performers for September 2nd at the Annandale Hotel.

Joining Josh onstage will be performances from Tim Rogers (You am I), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) Tim & Dave (Dappled Cities) and DJ’s ‘More Pop Less Rave’