The Barcelona Metro tunnels, an international cultural reference.
The Barcelona metro musician regulation project is pioneer in Europe and the world. The aim is to guarantee the quality of the music offered to metro users and to facilitate the preventive control measures for a correct operation.
In 2001 TMB and AMUC BCN (Barcelona Association of Street and Metro Musicians), with the support of the Barcelona City Council, began a pioneering project to allow musicians to perform at specific and signposted points on the metro network, which has become an international benchmark. The annual Metro Musician Festival is a marathon of concerts featuring many of the performers who usually perform at certain points in the metro network facilities.
The musicians must first pass a suitability test in order to obtain the AMUC BCN card that allows them to perform on the metro network. More than 600 musicians have taken advantage of this regulated system.
This project grows year after year and showcases several initiatives such as exhibitions, participation in international competitions or collaborations with other metro networks throughout the world.
Read all the news about the metro musicians and other TMB cultural projects under the culture and leisure section of the TMB news website (CA).
Every year the Fundació TMB and the Street Musician Association (AMUC BCN), with the collaboration of a jury made up of teachers from the Juan Pedro Carrero Music School (EM-JPC), associated to the Ciutat Vella district, organise selection auditions to evaluate the musicians who will perform at the reserved spaces on the metro network.
The test consists of each of the candidates performing some songs randomly chosen by the members of the jury from the 20 or 30 songs listed on the repertoire submitted by each musician. The jury values criteria such as the quality of the interpretation and the repertoire variety, the originality and creative richness of the songs and the cultural, stylistic and instrumental diversity. If the jury assesses the musician as suitable, he or she obtains an AMUC BCN membership card and can participate in the association's projects, giving the musician the right to perform on the metro as long as the project's regulations are respected.
The tests are usually held annually. The musicians interested in participating need to contact AMUC BCN.
In 2006 the first Metro Musicians Festival took place. This annual event is currently one of the most consolidated events of Barcelona's metro music scene.
The annual festival is traditionally held at the Universitat station and showcases all the groups that usually perform at the allocated spots of the metro network. The concert marathons of the Metro Musicians Festival usually begin in the morning and end at midnight.
The success of this festival is helping to position this project as a reference model within this field of cultural programmes at an international level and TMB as a company committed to the dissemination of art and culture.