The New York Coffee Festival Announces The Coffee Music Project 2016!

The Coffee Music Project will be returning to New York City for a second year this September. Applications are now open and will close on August 14th, 2016. Musicians can now apply here.

The Coffee Music Project is a high profile music competition showcasing the creativity and talents of emerging musicians while engaging a deep spirit of community among those who share a passion for great music and coffee culture. 100% of the profits support Project Waterfall in partnership with charity: water, bringing clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities.

"Following the incredible success of The Coffee Music Project London 2016, and the remarkable musical talent the competition attracted in New York last year, we are excited to be hosting The Coffee Music Project in New York this September. The competition aims to showcase the work of talented singer-songwriters while also raising charity funds for Project Waterfall. Given the interest we are now receiving and the quality venues which will host the finals and qualifying rounds - Webster Hall and Pianos - I have no doubt that this will be the best year ever." - Jeffrey Young, Founder of The Coffee Music Project.

Musicians at all levels can apply online by submitting links to two YouTube video performances. The top 36 contestants will be selected to perform during the qualifying rounds, which will take place on September 11th 13th in the heart of the East Village at 

Pianos NYC. From the qualifying rounds, 9 contestants will be selected to perform at this year's NewYork Coffee Festival onSeptember 16th 18th, before competing in the finals at the prestigious Webster Hall on September 20th.

The winner of the competition will receive a prize value of $2,000, including $1,000 cash, a trip to London to perform the headline slot at The London Coffee Festival 2017, featured guest act performance slot at The Coffee Music Project London 2017, a free recording session and more. All nine finalists will also receive guaranteed slots to perform at The New York Coffee Festival, along with having one song featured on The Coffee Music Project London 2016 album.


The Coffee Music Project supports Project Waterfall, which is committed to bringing clean water and sanitation to the communities that grow our coffee. All profits from the live shows will directly support this valuable cause.


Applications are now open and artists may apply via The Coffee Music Project website,


August 14: Deadline for applications

September 11: First Qualifying Round, Pianos NYC

September 12: Second Qualifying Round, Pianos NYC 

September 13: Third Qualifying Round, Pianos NYC

September 16 - 18: The New York Coffee Festival, all finalists will be guaranteed performance slots at this event

September 20: Finals, Webster Hall NYC