Not all commissions are created equal. Some are large, some are small. But the notion that only those with "disposable income" could afford a new piece is meeting its demise with Minnesota Orchestra's Microcommission. Announced today on the orchestra's blog, Judd Greenstein will be the first composer to be commissioned by, well, anyone!
The concept of microdonations has blossomed in recent years through websites like Kickstarter, where anyone can give any amount to a project, artist, film and other artistic endeavors. Principal conductor of pops and presentations, Sarah Hicks, thought the concept would be perfect for a commission. She writes on the orchestra's page about wanting audience members to "feel a tangible connection to the work they are helping create."
Is this the future of new music? The future of financing new art in any medium?
If micro commissions are a new way to get new music / new art into the the concert hall, while we are at it, why not throw a bone to some composers who are, shall we say, a little less well known and still trying to get their works heard. Of course I am a little biased (hint, hint). Just my two cents (which is about all I have).