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.
Download Call for Images Frequently Asked Questions, or email

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.

Download Call for Performers Frequently Asked Questions, or email

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

MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for a new Percent for Art project to be fabricated in durable materials to be determined, such as metal. An approved fabricator will be translating the final artwork design into the identified medium, therefore an artist’s prior experience, or lack thereof, with these materials will not be taken into consideration when reviewing images.

The budget for design and fabrication of the artwork for the station is to be determined, including an artist fee of up to 20% of the final art project cost. As part of this fee, the selected artist will be required to submit a budget, produce completed designs, select a fabricator and oversee the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design.


A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will select finalists to develop original art proposals.

Finalists will be given site specifications and a detailed overview of the project to create a proposal for site-specific artwork for the station, for which they will receive an honorarium of $1,000. Following the selection panel’s review of proposals, one artist will be selected to receive the commission.

Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work, exhibition history, awards, honors, and publications, and demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the medium(s) in which the artist regularly works.

Artists must be available to work in New York during the required design and construction period (2018 to 2019).


Submit up to 20 images at along with a short application form, a bio/CV, and brief artist statement. All artists interested in being considered for projects must apply through the online program at

Submissions must be complete by midnight EST on Monday, January 29, 2018.

Download Frequently Asked Questions, contact MTA Arts & Design:, or Submittable’s customer support:

Percent for Art 

Sample image details, left to right: George Bates, Generation Dynamica, 2013, stainless steel, Central Avenue, NYCT; Barbara Grygutis, Bronx River View, 2010, stainless steel, Whitlock Avenue, NYCT; Mia Pearlman, Soar, 2015, stainless steel, 80th Street, NYCT.
Download this information as a PDF.


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.

Download Call for Performers Frequently Asked Questions