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, musicians, and variety artists ages 5 and older. Those chosen from the audition will have the chance to perform and compete for the grand prize of up to $20,000.

Amateur Night At The Apollo Online Auditions

You can audition for Amateur Night at the Apollo anytime by completing the online auditon form below. Those selected from the online audition have the opportunity to perform on stage at the Amateur Night at the Apollo in New York. Live performances are currently suspended due to heightened concerns related to the coronavirus, but we will be in touch once scheduling resumes if you are selected to compete in a future Amateur Night performance.

Online Audition Form

Submissions should include:

  • Contact information (including name, email address, and telephone number)
  • A link to your YouTube or Vimeo (no other formats accepted) performances

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.

Prize Offerings

As of July, 2019

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

End of season, Grand Finale Prize:

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

Amateur Night at the Apollo Audition Requirements

Amateur Night auditions are open to:

  • singers, dancers, comedians, rappers, spoken word artists, musicians and variety acts.
  • anyone who DOES NOT currently 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.

Prizes: 

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

End of season Grand Finale Prize:

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

Additional Requirements

  • An "Amateur" is considered to be anyone who DOES NOT currently have a recording, film, or TV contract with a major label or studio.
  • No profanity including any racial epithets or slurs (including the n-word). All material must be appropriate for a family show.
  • No lip-synching, singing along with track lead vocals or post-production engineering of lead vocals permitted.
  • Video submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Only one online audition per contestant. Multiple submissions will not be considered.

 

POSTPONED

AMATEUR NIGHT: Spring Auditions

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 10am - 6pm
Location: The Apollo Theater - 253 W. 125th St New York, NY 10027

 

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 Amateur Night at the Apollo LIVE weekly performances are independent from the taped television event,  "Showtime at the Apollo."

 

Photos courtesy of Shahar Azran Photography