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Our Open Mic Nights are our way of providing a supportive environment to hang out and socialize while showcasing your talents. Further to this, performers with original songs have the chance to be selected for our Industry Showcase. See below for Golden Ticket info.

There are two shows offered.

Over 21s

Under 21's (13 - 21 year olds)

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UNDER 21's (AGES 13 - 21)

  • July 6th,   8.30 pm - 10.30 pm 

  • July 13th, 8.30 pm - 10.30 pm

  • July 20th, 8.30 pm - 10.30 pm

  • July 27th, 8.30 pm - 10.30 pm   


OVER 21's            

  • July 27th, 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm   


LJMA, 1833 Stanford Street, Santa Monica, 90404

Attendance requirements:

This is a brand new night and the word is still spreading. To ensure a worthwhile experience for all performers a minimum of 10 attendees must have purchased tickets online two days before the date of the event for event to take place. If you are hoping to perform, please make an effort to invite your friends. 

How does it work?

  • All new performers must check in at the front desk, sign up and write their name on an LJMA stamp card at the beginning of the night. Their stamp card will be placed in the lottery drum. Names will be drawn at random throughout the night, with no guarantees that your name is going to be selected ( Exciting!). At the end of the night, everyone gets their stamp cards returned to be used at the following open mic night. Those who were not selected to perform will get a LJMA stamp on their card. Once they collect three stamps, they are guaranteed a free entry to the next open mic night and a guaranteed time slot to perform.

  • Each performer selected is allowed up to 10 mins of stage time which includes set up of any instruments they may need, introductions and tear down.

  • Sound will be cut off at 10 mins regardless of whether the performance has finished. 

  • A bouncer will be at the door checking bags, jackets/coats, and personnel.  

  • Attendees are not allowed to leave the venue with the intention to return for any reason. Once you are in, you stay in. 

Behavioral Expectations

  • This is an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment

  • No auditions are required, therefore the level of ability may vary

  • It is expected that everyone helps maintain a positive and supportive environment regardless of the experience of those performing

  • No cliques, egos, or elitism will be tolerated (that includes any booing/jeering, snickering, shaming, or bullying/harassment)

What is provided?

  • Grand Piano

  • Full PA system

  • 3 x wired vocal mics

  • 3 x boom mic stands

  • Acoustic guitar (you can bring your own)

  • 1/4inch guitar cables

  • Guitar amp

  • 2 x Guitar Stools

  • Stage lighting 

Outside Instruments permitted:

  • Acoustic guitar

  • Electric guitar

  • Bass

  • Cajon

  • Egg shaker

  • Tambourine

  • Backing Tracks

Outside Instruments not permitted:

  • Drum kit

  • Personal Keyboard (must use piano provided)

Song info:

  • No extreme expletives, violence, or sexual content  (for under 20s show only)

  • Originals are not required but are highly encouraged

How much does it cost?

  • $10 entry in advance (See events page)

  • $20 entry on the door

  • For those who want to ensure they get selected, we offer 5 guaranteed time slots at $25. One time slot per person. 

  • Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Not permitted inside:

  • Outside food and drink (under 20s  shows only)

  • Vaping

  • Smoking

  • Drugs or alcohol of any kind

  • Backpacks or bags larger than 5 x 6 in

​Bag check

​Bags and jackets will be searched at the entrance by our bouncers.

Golden Ticket 

  • Golden Ticket holders are invited to perform at our Industry Showcase to showcase their original songs to professional industry personnel. Personnel includes but is not limited to record labels, publishers, managers, music supervisors, and independent songwriters. Personnel will watch you perform live, give feedback, give advice, and answer any questions you may have.

  • If all original songs fail to meet Golden Ticket Criteria at an Open Mic Night, no Golden Tickets will be handed out.



  • I don't study at LJMA, can I still perform?

    • Absolutely​, in fact, it is encouraged.

  • Do I need to know anyone to perform?

    • No.​

  • Do I have to perform if I attend?

    • No.​ Anyone is welcome to attend and support their friends or just enjoy the night.

  • Are group performances allowed?

    • Yes, however, your allocated stage time starts the minute you start setting up. Make sure to set up quickly.

  • ​​Can I perform multiple songs? 

    • Yes, you can perform as many songs as you can fit into your allotted ​5-minute time slot.

  • If I'm performing with a friend, am I also allowed to perform on my own?

    • Yes, but it's a one-time slot per name. What you choose to do with that time slot is up to you, whether it's performing solo or bringing up a friend.​ 

  • If I get picked but want a later time slot can I choose to perform later?

    • No. You either perform when you are selected or not at all. ​

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