Music Under New York program returns to subway system after 14-month break

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Commuters are once again being treated to free concerts in the city's subway system.

The popular MTA Music Under New York program resumed Friday, for the first time in nearly 14 months.

It was stopped during the coronavirus pandemic.

ALSO WATCH | 'Ghost Light: Broadway's Long Intermission' | Full documentary
EMBED More News Videos

Eyewitness News pulls back the curtain in a powerful new documentary, 'Ghost Light: Broadway's Long Intermission,' chronicling the personal struggles of performers, florists, dry cleaners, and an ENT doctor who treats the voices of Broadway singers.



More than a dozen musical acts took to stations throughout the city to mark the first day of the program's rebirth.

"I am so thrilled we've finally reached this moment," MTA Arts and Design Director Sandra Bloodworth said. "The last year has been so challenging for all of our artists and to see this special program return underground is a testament to the hard work and sacrifice of so many New Yorkers.

Music Under New York dates back to 1985.


Before the shutdown, the MTA Music Program featured 350 musical acts that put on about 12,000 performances annually.

The musical styles ranged from R&B to bluegrass.

ALSO READ | More than 100 cats and kittens rescued from home in New Jersey
EMBED More News Videos

St. Hubert's animal control officers discovered dozens of felines living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.



national geographic covid newsletter sign up



MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGE




Mask guidance in the Tri-State area
New York City COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

How to get the vaccine in NYC, Tri-State area
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus



Submit a News Tip or Question
Copyright © 2021 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.