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Music Under New York

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Under Ground Buskers

Every spring, dozens of New York's elite street performers gather in Grand Central Terminal to compete for the right to play to one of the world's toughest and most diverse audiences -- the 1.5 billion riders who travel New York's subways each year.

More than 50 musicians and musical acts gathered on the northeast balcony of Grand Central Terminal to audition for spots in NYC Transit's Music Under New York program. MUNY grants buskers spots in subway stations to entertain commuters and make a little cash in the process.

There were about 25 judges--almost as many members of the media on hand to capture the event--who will select 20 performers to be a part of Music Under New York. Currently, there are 100 individuals and groups performing in the program and, according to the MTA, that adds up to 150 weekly performances in 23 transit locations in the system.

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