Lonely Planet Writer

New York City Street performers surprised with free travel for a year

Three New York City buskers received an incredible surprise last week when they were given the gift of free flights for a year.

Busker Zack Orion was one of three street performers that was surprised with a year of free flights.
Busker Zack Orion was one of three street performers that was surprised with a year of free flights. Image by JetBlue

The random act of kindness came from airline JetBlue, who teamed up with VH1 for an initiative called, ‘Let the Music Move You’ that saw them giving back to street performers for their dedication to music. JetBlue and VH1 are also partners on the ‘Save the Music’ campaign, a project that has raised more than $200,000 over the past ten years for music in public schools in the USA.

Children from a Bronx school surprise Najah Lewis with a certificate for free flights from JetBlue.
Children from a Bronx school surprise Najah Lewis with a certificate for free flights from JetBlue. Image by JetBlue

A video shot by VH1 shows the street performers on their regular corners discussing their love for their craft before being surprised. While the musicians featured knew that they were being filmed for a piece on the music channel, they didn’t realise that a special part of the interview was coming. At one point in the video, which can be seen below, children from a school in the Bronx approach the performers and give them the gift of a year of free travel.

 

It features musicians Jesse Cohen, Najah Lewis and Zack Orion who are given vouchers for travel, which is one of the major expenses for performers wishing to share their music with a wider audience.