Music, Sunnyside
May 23, 2017

Apply to Perform for Summer Thursdays in Sunnyside

Summer Thursdays are coming to Queens! Musicians encouraged to apply.

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Are you a musician looking for a summer performance venue in NYC? Do you love playing in Queens? Is “family friendly” your jam? Well, consider sending a proposal to the Summer Thursdays in Bliss Plaza series, an outdoor concert series produced by local BID Sunnyside shine and ReCreate QNS (“A coalition of passionate community-based organizations and individuals committed to building more spaces for creativity in Sunnyside and Woodside.”) and supported by Queens Council on the Arts.

These free concerts aim to be family-friendly and take place at Bliss Plaza under the 46th Street 7 stop. Each performance starts at 5pm and consists of two 45-minute sets. The following performance dates are available:

  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31
  • September 7

The concept behind the series goes like this: “Summer Thursdays… will introduce residents to the impressive array of professional musicians that work and live in the neighborhood and borough, building new audiences for their work and for the arts at large. By scheduling performances during evening rush hour, we capture a diverse audience—working professionals returning to the neighborhood, seniors who take advantage of the sitting areas in the plaza during the day, and families looking for activities after school and before dinner.”

Your proposal is due this Friday, May 26 by noon and you’ll be notified in early June, if chosen. Approved performers receive an honorarium of $500. Your proposal will be reviewed by a committee of artists, local activists, Sunnyside Shines staff, and ReCreate QNS Members, all who are active in supporting the arts in Sunnyside and Woodside.

If you have questions, feel free to send an email to

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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