“Metro’s Art in Transit Program is inviting local performers of all genres—dancers, live artists, musicians, poets and more—to audition”

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From WMATA:

“Calling all local performing artists and entertainers! Metro’s Art in Transit Program is inviting local performers of all genres—dancers, live artists, musicians, poets and more—to audition for the MetroPerforms! and Music on the Mall programs.

MetroPerforms! offers local artists the chance to make Metrorail station entrances their stage. Selected artists will perform on a volunteer basis while sharing their talents with Metro riders throughout the region.

Auditions will be held June 24, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Metro Headquarters, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC, on a first-come, first-served basis. All interested artists should visit wmata.com/metroperforms for registration information and additional details.

In addition to the chance to perform at Metro stations, artists may be selected to perform for Music on the Mall, a summer program developed by Metro in cooperation with the Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the National Park Service, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Music on the Mall brings live entertainment to the Nation’s Capital with selected performers and live visual artists who perform on the lawn of the National Mall on Thursdays during lunchtime from noon to 1 p.m.

“Both MetroPerforms! and Music on the Mall are wonderful examples of collaborations between programs dedicated to promoting the performing arts,” said Laurent Odde, Metro’s Art in Transit Program Manager. “They offer local artists opportunities to share their talent and provide area residents as well as the many visitors who travel to the region each day an enhanced Metro experience.”

MetroPerforms! and Music on the Mall will be held through the end of August. MetroPerforms! 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 adhere to performance guidelines.”

3 Comment

  • Maybe I got up on the wrong side of the bed, but this rubs me the wrong way. (Along with the “MVP” Metro Volunteer Person thing, which sounds like a way of getting volunteers to do the job that station managers are being paid to do.) Being selected for Music on the Mall could provide some exposure… but it doesn’t sound like a paid gig.
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    Does this mean that Metro won’t allow street performers who _aren’t_ part of the program?

  • So musicians can try out to play for free in a metro station?
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    Uh… no thanks.

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