Where Stars are Born

Amateur Night 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.

Amateur Night at the Apollo Auditions are open to singers, dancers, comedians, rappers, spoken word 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 at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York.

Audition Dates

Upcoming Auditions

AMATEUR NIGHT: Fall Auditions

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: The Apollo Theater - 253 W. 125th St New York, NY 10027

 

Details

Prize Offerings

As of February, 2017

There are cash prizes at the end of each evening’s Amateur Night competition.

End of season, SUPER TOP DOG Grand Prize:

  • $20,000 for Adult category;
  • $5,000.00 for Child Star of Tomorrow category. 

 

Details

Amateur Night at the Apollo Audition Requirements

Amateur Night  DOES NOT provide travel or hotel to New York City for contestants.

Amateur Night auditions are open to:

  • singers, dancers, comedians, rappers, spoken word artists, musicians and variety acts. 
  • anyone who DOES NOT have a contract with a major label or studio. 

Competition Categories: 

  • "Child Star of Tomorrow" category age requirement: 5 to 17 years of age.
  • "Adult" category age requirement: 18 years of age and above.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Prizes: 

There are cash prizes at the end of each evening’s Amateur Night competition.

End of season, SUPER TOP DOG Grand Prize:

  • $20,000 for Adult category;
  • $5,000.00 for Child Star of Tomorrow category. 

 

Details

Additional Requirements

  • An "Amateur" is considered to be anyone who DOES NOT have a recording contract with a major label or studio.
  • Each contestant will have up to ninety (90) seconds to audition.
  • No band on site for audition. 
  • Singers can bring a CD, mp3 player or sing a cappella.
  • 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 or accompanist.
  • Apollo will provide a standard drum kit for any auditioning musicians. 
  • Any and all other instruments must be provided by auditioning musicians.
  • Auditions should be in good taste with no profanity, including racial epithets or slurs (this includes the “N” word).
  • Auditions are on a “first come, first served” basis and only the first 250 acts will be seen.

 

 

Details

Amateur Night at the Apollo Online Auditions

When: Year Round

You can e-audition for Amateur Night at the Apollo 24 hours per day, 7 days per week & 365 days per year. 

Those selected from the online audition have the opportunity to perform on stage at the Amateur Night at the Apollo in New York.

Send:

  • contact information
  • link to your YouTube or Vimeo (no other formats accepted) performances to:

          [email protected] 

Requirements: 

  • Apollo DOES NOT provide travel or hotel to New York City for  contestants for auditions or performances.
  • An "Amateur" is considered to be anyone who DOES NOT have a recording contract with a major label or studio.
  • Auditions should be in good taste with no profanity, including racial epithets or slurs (this includes the “N” word).
  • "Child Star of Tomorrow" category age requirement: 5 to 17 years of age.
  • "Adult" category age requirement: 18 years of age and above.

 

 

Amateur Night at the Apollo

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.

 

 *Amateur Night at the Apollo LIVE weekly performances are independent from the taped television events,  "Showtime at the Apollo" and "Apollo Live.”