pt.fwd's mission is to celebrate the communal experience of coming together to listen to powerful new sonic art. In affiliation with the McLean County Museum of History, pt.fwd organizes contemporary music and sonic arts performances featuring new work by local and regional artists in a historic, acoustically curious setting.

pt.fwd’s principles are: to cultivate compelling, independent programming; to put artists first by paying them well and providing a stimulating environment for creative experimentation; and to build community by offering free events in accessible venues and highlighting work that benefits underserved members of our community. Broadly speaking, pt.fwd aims to champion music without racial, gender, academic, economic or geographic boundaries - it only asks that it be new, and that it be great.

pt.fwd has hosted live and online concerts, conducted a series of online composer interviews in partnership with Sixty Inches from Center and Sight Specific, commissioned new works by local and regional composers, and has created a residency program to create additional resources for cutting-edge sonic artists in the Midwest. It are the only such program between Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and the Quad Cities that is not directly affiliated with a university.

For 2020-2021, pt.fwd is offering $1,500 in funding and performance opportunities for Midwest musicians and sound artists. Application deadline is July 31, 2020. Apply here.

All pt.fwd events are free and open to the public.

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation serves as fiscal sponsor for pt.fwd. If you would like to support sonic art in our community, please donate online by clicking on the Donate button below. If you prefer to make a donation in another manner, click here for information.