“Merkin Concert Hall was a mob scene on Thursday night. At five minutes to 8, the line of ticket buyers snaked out the door. Inside the lobby, the crowd ranged from elderly couples to bearded twentysomethings.”
– Anne Midgette, The New York Times
The People’s Commissioning Fund is a radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission works from adventurous composers. PCF is simple; we bundle together hundreds of individual contributions of all sizes and select three or more new composers to write pieces for the phenomenal Bang on a Can All-Stars. All members of the Fund are then invited to join us for a pre-performance reception with the artists. The annual PCF concert is recorded live for WNYC-FM’s pioneering show New Sounds, hosted by John Schaefer.
Since the Fund began in 1997, fans of new music have joined together to commission dozens of new pieces of music, making PCF one of the most anticipated and reliable launching pads for emerging composers in NYC and beyond. PCF commissions have been offered to more than five dozen (and counting) innovative composers whose works generated press and recognition from presenters and audiences worldwide. The pieces often become part the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ permanent repertoire, and these works go on to make debuts across the U.S. and throughout Europe and Asia.
Visit the CanLand archives to explore audio, video, press, and memorabilia from the PCF concerts from 1997 to the present:
- Bang on a Can: The 2018 People’s Commissioning Fund Concert
- Ecstatic Music Festival 2014: Bang on a Can All-Stars