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we are a nyc-based M.usic I.ntegrated C.ommunity

M is for Music because it's where it all started. I is for Integrated because rhythm doesn't stop with music. We're Poets, Authors, Artists & Comedians too. C is for Community because creating, inspiring, and sharing doesn't happen without it.

Visit TheMIC section to learn about our monthly community showcase. Check out our FAQ’s section to learn about requirements and more about TheMIC community.

Keep in touch with the community by signing up for the Newsletter or joining our online community on Slack. On our Slack Channel, you can share works in progress, events / gigs and more!

 

TheMIC presents
The NYC Concert Across America
to End Gun Violence
 

October 2nd, 2019 at The Bitter End
Doors 6:30PM / Show 7PM

We are honored to partner with Charlie Allenson to produce this year's NYC Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Our partner this year is States United to Prevent Gun Violence. Tickets & more about auction items are available here.

"The mission of the “Concert Across America” is to remember the tremendous loss of life that gun violence has cost our communities. And while it’s primarily a day of awareness, local organizers can choose to fundraise for a designated local gun violence prevention (GVP) partner or for a local domestic violence shelter as one of its goals. We aim to make gun violence prevention the #1 voting issue."

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TheMIC Showcase is every first Wednesday of the month at The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012. Doors 6:30PM, Show 7:30PM. No entry fee.

We feature 2.5 hours of a variety of performances that include musicians, comedians, poets. Every month we partner with a new nonprofit to learn about, raise awareness & collect donations.

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, August 7th: TheMIC supports Orchestra Moderne NYC
Wednesday, September 4th: TheMIC supports Art Start
Wednesday, October 2nd - TheMIC presents The NYC Concert Across America to End Gun Violence (Tickets / learn More Here)

Sign-up Details:

  • Anyone can perform, but pre-signups are required.

  • New performers must come to a show prior to performing.

  • Email signup@themicnyc.com: Include your name, act, how you found out about us, and if you’ve been to an event before. You can sign up for one event at a time. New performers get 7 minutes, returning performers 3.5 minutes.

ABOUT THEMIC SHOWCASE

The MIC is a community of musicians, poets, comedians, dancers and other performers coming together to share and encourage each other at open mics throughout New York City. This event originally started for the advertising, media, and film industry encouraging the musical development of creatives, producers, and more while providing them with a space to perform and share with the community.

We welcome the stage to all performers at our monthly residency at the Bitter End. Any instruments, dance, poetry, short stories or dance welcome. Slots are 7 minutes** each.

If you aren't a performer, we hope you will join us in supporting our peers and making some new friends!

Some more info about TheMIC:

TheMIC is based on building a community of mutual support and encouragement from supporters to performers and performer to performer We encourage everyone to try something new every time they play and share that with us! :)

  1. TheMIC is about collaboration and trying something new. We’ve had a lot of community members get to know each other through events and perform together! We love to help pair people together to share at TheMIC - reach out to learn more about meeting fellow musicians or come to an event and make some friends!

  2. TheMIC is about mutual support - it’s much harder to get where we’re going alone. We are proud of what a supportive and encouraging community this is. Even if you’re not performing at the showcase, the energy we give by being present and listening to others is very important. This is at the heart of TheMIC and why we always thank the audience along with our performers.

  3. The internal team is all volunteers and we try to keep our costs as low as possible. We do not charge a cover for playing or guests. At the start of 2019, we started to ask for donations that we split with a charity of the month. Funds are used to cover costs such as: email, website, domain name, and other expenses related to the events.

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FAQ

 

What is TheMIC?

We are a community of musicians, poets, authors, comedians, performing artists and supporters. 

What is TheMIC Series?

Every first Wednesday of the month, we host a community showcase at The (legendary) Bitter End. We bring together performing artists of all types and experience levels to share with a receptive and warm audience. We also partner with a different nonprofit every month to collect donations and raise awareness. Previous organizations have included: Youth Over Guns, The Boris L Henson Foundation, The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, Angelwish, Villas Del Sol, and Orchestra Moderne NYC

How did it start?

Like many things, by total accident! In 2016, co-founders Andrew & Kathryn went to their first open mic together. 5 months later, they decided to go again, this time inviting friends. An email chain used to invite friends to monthly open mics which kept growing. Eventually, this e-chain was used to encourage practice and sharing works in progress with each other. By November 2017, there were 80 people on the email chain and Andrew had the great idea to host an event to showcase the variety of performers represented on the list. Following our first event in December 2017, people were asking when the next event was. A second event was planned for April 2018 with the same question asked after we wrapped: “When’s the next one?”. Following this, the internal team expanded to accommodate the frequency. It continues to expand to this day as we improve across all fronts: events, social, jam sessions, video, and more.

TheMIC became a bi-monthly event July 2018 and then monthly as of March 6, 2019. The first organization partnership was in November 2018 with Youth Over Guns. It became a regular part of TheMIC Showcase as of March 2019. Beginning April 2019, TheMIC started asking for donations to split with the organization and contribute to the growing cost of TheMIC community events.

What are the goals of TheMIC?

Our upcoming goal is to incorporate to apply to become a nonprofit. This will enable us to write for grants and get funding to expand our philanthropic series to other cities, create workshops and host other kinds of events. Donations are accepted at our monthly events, via our venmo @themicnyc, and soon we will be launching a Patreon to continue to share fundraising goals and plans for TheMIC.

Are performers compensated?

No. At the moment, we are only running a monthly Showcase Series. It is an at-will performance that brings together hobbyists, amateurs, and professionals with audiences to support each other along with a monthly nonprofit. All donations go towards sustaining TheMIc community and the nonprofit of the month.

What do the donations to TheMIC go toward? Is the team at TheMIC paid?

Donations cover admin costs - website, domain, emails, live stream data, video gear, and other miscellaneous event costs (signs, printed materials, walkies, etc). Though the community is at a deficit, we are aiming to save enough to incorporate and apply to become a nonprofit. The internal team is entirely all volunteer (social, event staff, designers, video editors, operators and MCs!) and we remain adamant to not charge for shows, performers, live stream or video. We want the community to be accessible to anyone who enters and if you feel compelled to donate, know you’re supporting the community to continue this monthly series and MUCH more to come.

How do I sign-up for TheMIC MONTHLY SHOWCASE?

  1. Attend a show

    • You can enter your name into the sign-up queue, however, in order to perform you must attend and meet a team member to verify your slot in the lineup.

    • This is so you can get a feel for what we are doing at the Give Back series and get to know TheMIC NYC Community and team members.

  2. Email signup@themicnyc.com 

    • Please include your name, how you found out about us, if you’ve attended a show and a description of your act.

  3. Wait until we contact you back to confirm you’re in the queue!

  4. Things to Know:

    • We will contact you 3-4 months out to give you your show date. 

    • The month prior to your show, you will receive a performer survey to fill out. Submission of this confirms your slot.

    • You can only sign up for one show at a time. 

    • If you miss your show date, we will do our best to get you back into another show. However, it could be another 4-6 months wait depending on show cancellations and availability.

    • Once you play, the process is the same - enter the queue by emailing Signup@themicnyc.com again after your performance. 

How long should I expect to wait to perform at TheMIC?

Typical wait times are 4-6 months after signing up. We know it’s a long time, however, we encourage you to hook in and make some friends while you wait. We also have jam sessions and more events coming up - and the time will pass by faster than you know!

Are there requirements to perform at TheMIC?

Nope! Only request is that you attend prior to performing. Under 21 performers do need to notify us in advance so we can give the venue a head sup, however, we’ve had all ages play the event. Under 18 guests require a parent or guardian for entry. Contact us for more information if you’re concerned - it will work out!

How can I get involved or submit feedback?

Hit up Kathryn & Andrew - kathryn@themicnyc.com and andrew@themicnyc.com. Disclaimer: we are doing our best to onboard and expand with the growing interest from our awesome community, so if we are slow to respond, it’s not YOU, it’s US! We will be in touch. ;)

 
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The Team

Interested in joining the team? We’d love to hear from you! Email kathryn@themicnyc.com

 
 

Partners & organizations

Partner from the beginning, The Music Playground delivers us some of the finest up & coming talent featured at every showcase!

Partner from the beginning, The Music Playground delivers us some of the finest up & coming talent featured at every showcase!

Full Out Creative provides Photo, Video, and Production services for the Performing Arts. We are proud to partner with them for all video production of TheMIC.

Full Out Creative provides Photo, Video, and Production services for the Performing Arts. We are proud to partner with them for all video production of TheMIC.

Angelwish is a nonprofit that           helps busy people grant wishes to children living with chronic           illnesses all over the world. We were excited to have Founder Shimmy Mehta in attendance at our June 5, 2019 event!

Angelwish is a nonprofit that helps busy people grant wishes to children living with chronic illnesses all over the world. We were excited to have Founder Shimmy Mehta in attendance at our June 5, 2019 event!

ciaooo! is a newsletter, website and instagram network for local New Yorkers run by editor-in-chief Chau Mui. We love partnering with CiaoooMag for our events and encourage you to sign-up to her newsletter to stay in the loop for more of what NYC has to offer!

ciaooo! is a newsletter, website and instagram network for local New Yorkers run by editor-in-chief Chau Mui. We love partnering with CiaoooMag for our events and encourage you to sign-up to her newsletter to stay in the loop for more of what NYC has to offer!

CachetNY represents some of NYC’s leading vendors in the video and music production industry and has been a supporter of TheMIC since it started in December 2017.

CachetNY represents some of NYC’s leading vendors in the video and music production industry and has been a supporter of TheMIC since it started in December 2017.

We were proud to include Youth Over Guns at our November 2018 event. “Youth-led, advocating for solutions to end gun violence while centering underserved communities and empowering youth to be champions of life saving policies.”

We were proud to include Youth Over Guns at our November 2018 event. “Youth-led, advocating for solutions to end gun violence while centering underserved communities and empowering youth to be champions of life saving policies.”

Sol es Vida is a grassroots organization in Puerto Rico that is helping communities that remain heavily affected by Hurricane Maria. We partnered with them and director Kris Merc for our event April 3, 2019.

Sol es Vida is a grassroots organization in Puerto Rico that is helping communities that remain heavily affected by Hurricane Maria. We partnered with them and director Kris Merc for our event April 3, 2019.

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation’s vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community. TheMIC raised awareness & money to donate during the March 2019 event. Learn more at their site.

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation’s vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community. TheMIC raised awareness & money to donate during the March 2019 event. Learn more at their site.

Myotonic Dystrophy is a long term genetic disorder that affects muscle function. We were honored to have CEO Molly White in attendance with us May 1st, 2019 to discuss the progress made and raise money to contribute to their efforts.

Myotonic Dystrophy is a long term genetic disorder that affects muscle function. We were honored to have CEO Molly White in attendance with us May 1st, 2019 to discuss the progress made and raise money to contribute to their efforts.

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about

This COMMUNITY EVENT was started by two producers WHO encouraged each other TO play their first open mic TOGETHER.

TheMIC co-founders Kathryn Henderson & Andrew Stadelberger Photo by Chau Mui, Ciaooomag,  https://ciaooomag.com/themicnyc

TheMIC co-founders Kathryn Henderson & Andrew Stadelberger
Photo by Chau Mui, Ciaooomag, https://ciaooomag.com/themicnyc

It was after this that they realized, though a personal journey, musical development is something that could and should be shared with others. It's over 2 years since their first open mic and they now have a newsletter and Slack Channel. This newsletter is open to anyone and it's where they send updates about general open mics in the city, shows by community members, encourage practice and supporting each other. It's also a list where we announce our monthly event and other community events.

We hope to see and *hear* you soon!

-The MIC Team

Questions or concerns? Hit us up at kathryn@themicnyc.com & andrew@themicnyc.com