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Musicians Vie for Chance to Play Throughout Subway System

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Musicians are auditioning for the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program.

From the traditional singer-songwriters, to the more colorful performances you've come to expect in the city, the MTA says 60 artists were evaluated by 35 judges Tuesday in Grand Central Terminal as part of the annual event.

The musicians are vying for a chance to perform in more than 30 places throughout the transit system, adding to the 7,500 unique performances in the subway every year.

NY1 spoke to some of the performers about what they hope to gain from the experience.

"Even though it's in a public space the performance can be intimate—for one person or a couple people or an entire group of people, 500 people at one time," said Marc Mueller, a musician who plays the didgeridoo.

"Actually exposure for people to see him as an artist, us as a musician, and just like enjoying ourselves," said a member of the Pedro Sway Trio.

"I hope to be out there in the subway station playing for you guys" said Sebastian Palacios, a singer.

For more information, visit mta.info/art.

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