MTA Arts & Design (A&D) encourages the use of mass transit in the metropolitan New York area by providing quality visual and performing arts and design in the transit environment. The percent-for-art program is one of the largest and most diverse collections of site-specific public art in the world, with nearly 300 permanent works by world-famous, mid-career, and emerging artists. A&D also produces graphic art, photography, digital art, live musical performances and Poetry in Motion. A&D serves the 8.5 million people who ride MTA subways and commuter trains daily and strives to create meaningful connections among sites, neighborhoods, and people. For more information, visit MTA Arts & Design, find us on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter or search #mtaarts.

MUSICCall for Images

To apply to a Call for Images, click Submit next to the opportunities listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration: 

  • a bio/CV file;
  • a brief artist statement; 
  • up to 20 images with caption information (title, date, materials, dimensions);
  • optional materials such as links to website and/or social media accounts.
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Please be aware of deadlines (Midnight EST on the date listed) and note that if you are interested in more than one Call listed below, you will need to apply to each Call separately.

MUSICCall for Performers

MTA Music Under New York (MUSIC) applications will only be accepted online via Submittable. Online application is available January 1 through March 21, 2018.

To apply for the Music Under New York (MUSIC) Live Auditions, click Submit next to the opportunity listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration:

  • up to 2 sample audio files not exceeding 5 minutes in length;
  • short online application form;
  • optional materials such as links to website, social media accounts, and streaming video clips;
  • applicants under 18 MUST include a valid Employment for Child Performer permit.

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For any questions about using this site, contact Submittable’s customer support:


Music Under New York (MUSIC) is one of many visual and performing arts programs administered by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design (MTA A&D). Once a year, MTA MUSIC holds auditions to add new performers to its roster. Applications will be reviewed and approximately 65 eligible performers will be selected and contacted to participate in live auditions, held for one day.

During the auditions, a panel of musicians, music industry professionals, MTA representatives, community arts organizations members and others will judge each five minute performance on the criteria of quality, variety, and appropriateness for the mass transit environment including number of performers, space requirements, instruments, professionalism and volume.

MTA MUSIC performers are not paid (except for special events), but may accept donations from the public. As a MTA MUSIC member, performers call in or “book” their own performances every two weeks.


Your performance for the auditions MUST be the same as your subway performance with respect to group size and volume.

Subway performers must abide by all rules and regulations as posted on the MTA website. Please see the MTA Rules Of Conduct, section 1050.6. Please read the rules carefully before auditioning.

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