Musicians Vie for Coveted Underground Gig

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    Hopeful subway musicians get a chance to audition for a big gig. (Published Tuesday, May 11, 2010)

    Aspiring subway musicians had the chance to make their dreams on true on Tuesday. The MTA held its annual search for subway performers at Grand Central Terminal.

    Musicians sang and strummed tunes for a panel of judges, hoping to clinch one of the 25 coveted spots in the MTA's Music Under New York Program. 

    The lucky winners reserve prime subway space to perform for thousands of city commuters. They also receive an official banner bearing their group’s name. 

    Currently, about 100 musical groups engage in 4,000 annual performances throughout the transit system. Blues bands, Steppers and Korean drummers are just some of the unique acts produced in New York’s underground.