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Free Music Fridays are held most Fridays in the museum at 2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets). Performances run from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with three performers each evening. Sets are 35 minutes each, and the pay is $50, by mailed check. The first Friday of every month, performances are cosponsored by Jalopy Theatre.

No cover songs of any kind are permitted at the American Folk Art Museum, except for work in the public domain. All work performed must be your own original material, to which you own the publishing rights.

If you are a musician interested in performing, please email Lara Ewen at Please send streaming samples of your music only; mailed CDs or mp3 attachments will not be accepted. Your music will be reviewed and you will be contacted if your music fits the series. Please note that due to the large number of e-mails received, a response will only be sent if the museum would like to book you.

A sound engineer is onsite at all performances.

• Built-in PA system
• Mackie ProFX8 eight-channel mixer with phantom power
• Two Shure SM58 dynamic vocal mics
• Two Shure SM57 dynamic instrument mics
• One Audio-Technica AT4040 condenser mic
• Four boom mic stands
• Two straight mic stands
• Two 1/4 cables
• Five XLR cables
• One three-outlet, three-prong extension cord
• One really old, janky music stand

The museum does not provide keyboards, guitars, or other musical instruments. Please bring your own instruments.

The museum does not allow full drum kits or drumsticks in the galleries. If you’re unsure whether your percussive instrumentation is right for the museum, please e-mail and ask after you have been booked.

Admission to the museum and the show is always free.

Free Music Fridays has been made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


The Pile of Andrius (#67)
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983)