Where Stars are Born

Amateur Night Auditions


The long-running, live, weekly talent competition on the world-famous Apollo Theater stage.

Apollo Amateur Night 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 during the Apollo Amateur Night at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York.

Audition Dates

Upcoming Auditions

Spring 2017

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.


Audition Requirements

• Apollo Theater is seeking singers, dancers and musicians.
• Auditions are open to all amateurs.
• Children’s Category age requirement: 5 to 17 years of age.
• Adult Category age requirement: 16 years of age and above.
• Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
• There are cash prizes at the end of each evening’s Amateur Night competition.
• End of season Grand Prize: $20,000 for Adult Category; $2,000.00 for Children’s Category


Additional Requirements

• 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.




Amateur Night 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.  Just send your contact information and a link to your YouTube or Vimeo (no other formats accepted) performances to us at: [email protected] 

  • Auditions are open to anyone who does not have a contract with a major recording label, television or film studio.
  • All auditions should be in good taste and with no profanity (including the “N” word).
  • Children’s category age requirement: 5 to 17 years of age
  • Those chosen from the audition will have the chance to appear at the Apollo Amateur Night and perform on stage at the Apollo Theater in New York.


Amateur Night at the Apollo

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.

The Apollo's 2014-2015 season is made possible by lead support from Citi, the Coca-Cola Company, Troy and Keisha Dixon, Folonari Wines and Cavicchioli 1928, the Ford Foundation Fund for Global Programs, the Hearst Foundations, Robert K. Kraft, The Parsons Family Foundation, the Ronald O. Perelman Family Foundation, JoAnn Price, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Earl W. and Amanda Stafford, Time Warner Inc., the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the Reginald Van Lee New Works Fund, the Apollo Board of Directors and many other generous donors. 

Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.   

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