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Listen to subway performers auditioning for MTA music program

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The subways are noisy. But sometimes, it sounds more like a concert hall.

The MTA chooses some performers for the "Music Under New York" Program. It started in 1985.

More than 350 performers are participating. A panel of judges chooses some new performers each year. The chosen performers  are notified a few weeks after the auditions, which are held at Grand Central Terminal.

Performers are allowed in subway stations regardless of their affiliation with the program. No permit is required. Under the current MTA rules, performances are not allowed on the train.