Greetings! Thank you for your interest in joining us for the 21st season of Tuesday Night Cafe!

About TNC

Tuesday Night Cafe (TNC) is a free/volunteer-run and donation-based public arts series rooted in the Asian American community and based in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo with shows every first and third Tuesday from April to October. Please keep in mind that TNC is not an industry showcase or competition. We strive to create a collaborative and brave atmosphere of artists and community members connecting with and supporting one another.

We are interested in artists across a wide range of performance experience (first-timers too!) and are particularly interested in artists who are rooted in community building, want to try new original work, and are looking for a progressive community to call home. If you haven’t had the chance to attend a show, you can check us out on YouTube for a sense of the vibe. As we are a donation-driven and volunteer-run space, artists are provided with an awesome volunteer staff to assist them, a community to build with, and dinner on the night they perform.

Please note that we prioritize artists who identify with any of the following communities:
- Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
- People of Color
- Female
- Trans
- Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex, Asexual, Questioning
- Gender Non-Conforming / Non-Binary Folks
- Youth
- Elders

(As an organization, we continue to have conversations around identifying terms.)

Due to high demand, slots are limited. If you don’t get booked this season, it doesn’t mean we’ve ruled you out as a performer—slots are booked for a number of reasons that extend beyond subjective “quality.”

Submitting for TNC does not guarantee performance time or confirmation of receipt. We will accept and review submissions on a rolling basis until the season has been fully booked. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Check out our TNC Schedule for a full listing of show dates. Thank you and good luck!

Open Mic

In addition to the featured performers, each TNC also features three 5-minute open mic spots in addition to our featured performers. We also encourage you to sign up for the open mic lottery.

We have three 5-minute slots at each show. The time limit and number of performers is strictly enforced.

Anyone who wishes to perform must be present before 7 p.m. to sign up. Time slots are not first come first serve, so please consider this if you will be traveling a far distance. Anyone who signs up must be present when open mic slots are announced or else they forfeit their spot. Everyone is encouraged to stay through the whole show.

Lottery: At 7 p.m. If more than three people signed up (which is often the case), we will hold a lottery for the spaces. One spot per show will be held for a performer who identifies with one of the prioritized communities listed above.

Instruments: Because of the limited time, we cannot accommodate set-up for full bands during the Open Mic.  Artists can use up to two vocal mics and 1 Direct Input unit (DI).  Guitars are fine; keyboards are discouraged.  No loop machines or pedal boards.

Season limits: To encourage as many new voices as possible, no artist may perform more than twice during a Tuesday Night Cafe season and the two performances cannot be back-to-back shows.

While we believe in free speech and expression, we encourage artists to consider TNC's commitment to building community and celebrating diversity in all of its forms.


Submission Form

Tell us about yourself.
I am applying to be a... *
Please let us know how you would like to be referred to in our outreach and introduced as at the show.
Facebook page, YouTube channel, etc. If you do not have a website or social media page or do not wish to share one at this time, please enter "None."
You may link to videos, audio files, personal blog posts, or a Google doc. (Links only, please do not attempt to paste content here. Please note that we ask our artists to perform original work.)
Why Tuesday Night Cafe?
Have you ever attended a Tuesday Night Cafe show before? *
Check all that apply.
Tell us about your performance.
Please note that we ask our artists to perform original work. You will have an opportunity to update/modify this when booked. (300 words max)
What is your preferred set length? *
Please select all set times that would work for you.
Could you perform a set that is less than your preferred set length? *
Including microphones, stands, DJ to play a backing track, etc. If your set is equipment-heavy, please let us know if you can do a stripped-down version. If you are a visual artist, please note: you will get use of a 6 foot table. Electricity is not available in the visual artist area. Please let us know what you’ll be bringing.
If you've listed a drum kit in your tech, are you willing to either forgo a drum kit or bring alternate percussion (e.g., cajon, etc)?
Due to space/staff constraints, it is harder for us to accommodate drum kits.
Will you be able to make a Tuesday 6:00pm soundcheck? *
We super duper value artists who can make it on time. If not, please let us know details in the next section.
How can we reach you?
First and last name
Contact Phone Number *
Contact Phone Number
What is the best way to contact that person? *
Most information, including scheduling, will be coordinated by email, but please let us know the best way to reach you directly.