Last time I was there in downtown Wroclaw a year ago, up until that time there had been a guy singing show tunes for at least three years.
That's Phillip. He's been here for at least seven years. And he's out there every day, summer and winter, rain or shine.
He is, or was, somehow involved with the English radio station in Wrocław, called Radio WrocLove, and, I think, with the English language paper, as well.
Basically, I gather that he's out there singing more because he loves to sing than because of the money he makes. I remember waiting for a friend at pręgierz once and watching him sing in front of Feniks for more than an hour. A few people went up and talked to him, but no one put any money in the hat. I don't think his singing pays all his bills, but he seems to love it.
Overall, in Wrocław I've observed a big drop in the number of buskers and other street entertainers over the past few years. The only ones I remember seeing this year were that pesky Gypsy band, and a few down and out college students who can't play or sing worth a damn, and usually hang out in the pedestrian underpass on Świdnicka. And Phillip, of course.
Related: Rules and laws for Street Artists in Poland?
Are there clear rules/laws for street artists in Poland? Where can I find them?
General rule is to get authority permission for public places, or regular permit from owner for private object.