MTA Arts & Design has invited 27 groups and performers to join the Music Under New York program (MTA MUSIC) following a competitive applications process and auditions that were held in May.
These 27 musical acts join a roster of more than 350 performers and groups that are hosted at select high-traffic areas in the New York City Transit system and at MTA commuter rail stations.
This year, Arts & Design received 233 applications, out of which 70 were asked to audition before a panel of judges and the public at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall on May 18. Finalists were scored on criteria, variety, and appropriateness for the mass transit environment. The judges included representatives from cultural institutions, music professionals and MTA operations staff.
Arts & Design typically adds 20 to 25 acts each year to the Music Under New York program. Once accepted into the program, performers are scheduled at among 30 select locations within the transit system such as Grand Central Terminal and subway station, Penn Station, the new TurnStyle marketplace at 59 St-Columbus Circle and the 42 St-Times Square station complex. Arts & Design hosts approximately 7,500 performances each year.
Photos from this year’s auditions are available on MTA Art & Design’s Facebook page.
This year’s additions to MTA MUSIC are:
Alyssa Kayhill & The Night Shift
pop & soul band
a capella pop group
Ballerina Mime & Dynamic Vision
mime and performance art
Blooming Flute Ensemble
Carlos Casado Project
folk, jazz & Spanish bagpipes
Erik Clarke on Sax
inspirational jazz saxophone
Turkish classical music
Diverse Concert Artists
classical crossover string quartet
classical and jazz trumpet
swing jazz band
pop electric violin
Mary & Michael
opera, Broadway and light classics
soul singer/songwriter & entertainer
country & bluegrass band
rhythm & blues vocalist
Frank Senior Quartet
Azusa SHESHE Dance
country/pop female trio
music and poetry
The F Tones
gypsy, pop, rock duo
The Tommy Morimoto Jazz Band
jazz-funk remix pop band
To apply for MTA MUSIC, musicians must submit a completed application form and a performance sample on CD by March. Finalists are then invited to audition before judges, and performers are chosen based on their scores from the audition. Music Under New York is one of many visual and performing arts programs administered by Arts & Design to enhance the station environment for customers.
All performers can play in the NYC Transit subway system as long as they follow NYCT’s Rules of Conduct, which are enforced by the New York City Police Department. To view the NYCT rules, go to web.mta.info/nyct/rules/rules.htm.