PVC has three requirements for booking acts to play at the café: performance quality,
political content and an audience base in NYC. Please consider whether you believe you
meet all three of these criteria before applying to perform.
1. Performance Quality
Many outstanding performers live in NYC and many more visit from all over the world
during the course of a year. NYC audiences have come to expect quality, professional
performances in their city’s venues. Given the number of interested performers and the
expectations of our audiences, booking is on a highly selective basis.
2. Political Content
PVC was founded and has been run over its 35-year history by volunteers who believe there
should be an established NYC venue presenting music that relates directly to humanitarian
and social justice concerns. While all music may be political in some respects, PVC seeks
something more direct. For example: a modern day Woody Guthrie; a folk band offering the
indigenous music of an oppressed culture; a gay or lesbian singer; labor singers; an act
presenting songs about the protection of our environment; musicians speaking out with
their music for racial justice; performers offering songs from the women’s struggle for
equality... The list goes on.
3. Audience base in NYC
Unfortunately, this criteria has become necessary for the survival of the café. The
out-of-pocket costs to PVC for a single evening are high and the larger share of the money
taken in at the gate goes directly to the performers. The amount requested for admission
is kept quite modest for political/ethical reasons and people wishing to attend may pay
more or less as they choose. This means that for PVC to survive economically, it needs to
book either a single act or two separate acts each evening that really can attract an
audience either on the strength of their name or through their own grassroots followings.
**If you believe your act meets the first two criteria, but doesn’t have an NYC draw,
there are some strategies that may work for you. Some performers have put together a
combination show--yourself and someone with a big draw willing to share with you.
Perhaps, the other act (with all the NYC fans) has no draw in the town where you are
famous and popular, so they do a show there with you as an exchange. Maybe they just like
you and believe in you. Another plan is to work with a local group, such as an activist
organization or a union, that will support your performance with its members and publicity.
If you're interested in performing and feel you meet our criteria, write to the
Booking Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the
Please note, we are a volunteer-run organization, so allow us some time to respond.
- Brief description of your material
- Short bio
- List of the last several venues where you have performed
- Link to any website where an MP3 of your music is available. Or you may attach an MP3
to your email.