The prize? A highly coveted MUNY banner and scheduled access to highly trafficked subway stations throughout the city. MUNY artists must follow key MTA rules like abstaining from playing on platforms or in train cars , and are obliged to meet the unique needs of subway performance acoustics—too loud and you echo; too soft and you disappear—while still letting their personality and talent shine.
Here are the 2018 additions to Music Under New York
Jul 16, , Blog , Wi-Fi 0 comments. Live music in a way of life in New York. Currently, more than soloists and groups perform through MTA MUSIC, providing more than 7, annual performances at 30 sites throughout the transit system. Acts range from Gypsy violinists, Cajun cellists, jazz ensembles, Aboriginal didgeridoos, to opera and Haitian folk singers. MUNY artists come from all over the world to share their music on the underground. With thousands of exciting things happening in New York City daily, Transit Wireless helps commuters stay in-the-know by keeping them connected as they travel through the subway to their destinations. This summer, we launched our musicmonday campaign to highlight some of the amazing artists performing through MUNY. Riders can log onto TransitWirelessWiFi or use their cellular data plans, supported by the Transit Wireless network and share their favorite performances in real time, letting others know who is playing and where. Likewise, MUNY artists can log into the network during a subway performance and upload it to their fans right on the spot.
The program currently features around musicians or bands. The MTA whittled down a pool of applicants this year to 70 finalists for its 31st annual audition. Those finalists — competing for 25 openings — had five minutes to perform publicly in the hall, in front of 30 judges and many more commuters. Performances were as diverse as the city itself, featuring Kurdish one-man-bands, Latin fusion and traditional Brazilian music. Many of those trying out were classically trained. Several have performed in the subways before, but felt it had become difficult to find a prime playing location on their own. It can be daunting to find a sound that appropriately fills cavernous subway stations while also capturing the attention of preoccupied commuters. Getting noticed underground can lead to more than a quick buck. Samantha Gillogly, a violinist, was offered a wedding gig after a couple spotted her playing on an L train platform.