New York Subway Musicians

Each year, hundreds of musicians flock to the MTA Music Under New York program to become officially sanctioned New York City subway musicians. This year, MTA MUSIC received 309 applications with audio samples and selected 82 finalists to audition. The MTA Arts and Design program, which started in 1985, aims to find the best subway performance groups to enhance New Yorkers’ commutes.

Diego Oliver, a student of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program, brings us images of a few of these musicians who make our commute, memorable.


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