Metro to hold auditions for ‘MetroPerforms!’ June 4; “singers, dancers, musicians, poets to showcase their talents at Metro station this summer”

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So you think you can dance? Or sing? Or play music? Metro’s Art in Transit Program is inviting local performers of all genres—singers, dancers, musicians, poets and more—to audition for ”MetroPerforms!” to showcase their talents at selected Metrorail station entrances this summer.

Auditions will be held Tuesday, June 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC. Auditions will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. All interested artists should visit for registration information and additional details.

In addition to the chance to perform at Metro stations, artists may be selected to perform at Music on the Mall, a program developed by Metro in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Performances at Metro stations and on the Mall will take place from June through September. Selected artists will perform on a volunteer basis and are expected to adhere to performance program guidelines.

“We are very pleased with how popular the program has become with area artists and Metro travelers,” said Michael McBride, Metro’s Art in Transit program manager. “Participating performers will extend the rich performance history of the region to one of the most visited destinations in the country.”

Performances will take place at designated station entrances at a distance far enough away from stairs and escalators to ensure unobstructed access for riders. Performers must pass a security background check and must comply with guidelines of the program.

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  • Favorite! Always makes me smile at Columbia Heights.

  • For the love of GOD, please make it decent talent! Plastic bucket bangers and dudes sort of playing their electric guitar to a taped track, just doesn’t cut it.
    There is plenty of talent in the DC area, let’s hope Metro gets it right this time.
    Fingers crossed.

    • You can’t expect “decent talent” to perform for free all the time. Artists deserve to be compensated for their work. The culture of expecting artists to donate their time is not cool.

      • AGREED! Can’t these same artists “volunteer” on their own time, or would they need special permits from WMATA?

      • I totally agree. Plus, I believe you’re not allowed to take tips nor sell merch. Sheesh!

    • I’d guess that a lot of the bucket-drumming dudes aren’t officially sanctioned/permitted by Metro.

  • I love QWEEN AMOR! She is AMAZE!!!! These are great photos of her too.

  • Yay for Queen Amor
    L’Enfant always has some great buskers (violin guy in the morning and harpist in the afternoons).
    This is a great idea – helps us all relax a little in the morning and not freak out about a train being late, having to squish onto a train..(guilty of this myself).

  • I love it. As long as they are actually talented this is perfect. Also I’m much more inclined to stop and listen when I’m not say on my way to work at 8am.

  • There is absolutely nothing in any news release, nor on the WMATA website, nor on the Application Form found at the website, about any financial compensation. I can only assume that there will be none. No thank you, WMATA, I will not be auditioning.

  • Go to Old Town Alexandria for some a fantastic and artistic busking atmosphere.

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