Amateur Night at The Apollo Auditions



Amateur Night at The Apollo is looking for the best singers, dancers, comedians, rappers spoken word artists and musicians. The long-running, live, weekly talent competition on the world-famous Apollo Theater stage.

Apollo Amateur Night Auditions are open to artists and musicians ages 5 and older. Amateur performances of all styles are welcome. Those chosen from the audition will have the chance to perform and compete on the legendary stage during the Apollo Amateur Night at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York.

Upcoming Auditions

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: The Apollo Theater – 253 W. 125th St New York, NY 10027

Amateur Night: Jazz Night Auditions

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: The Apollo Theater – 253 W. 125th St New York, NY 10027


Prize Offerings

  • There are cash prizes at the end of each evening’s Amateur Night competition.
  • In the “Child Star of Tomorrow” category, the first place winner of the season finale will receive $2,000.
  • During the season finale the first place winner receives a cash prize of $20,000.
  •  Adult Category age requirement: 16 years of age and above.
  •  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • An Amateur is considered anyone who has not had a recording contract with a major studio.
  • Each contestant will have up to ninety (90) seconds to audition.
  • Singers can bring a CD, mp3 player or sing a cappella – there will NOT be a band in house (a CD player will be provided).
  • Dancers should bring a CD or mp3 player for their performance.
  • Do NOT bring CD’s in CD-RW format.
  • Apollo will provide an 88 key, keyboard (Motif 8 – Semi-Weighted) for any auditioning musicians.
  •  Any and all other instruments must be provided by auditioning musicians.
  • All auditions should be in good taste and with no profanity, including any racial epithets or slurs (this includes the “N” word).
  • Auditions are on a “first come, first served” basis and only the first 300 acts will be seen.
  • Apollo DOES NOT provide travel or hotel to New York City for Amateur Night contestants for auditions or performances.

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