Roulette's original and ongoing purpose has been to provide opportunities for innovative composers, musicians, and interdisciplinary collaborators to present their work in accessible, appropriate, and professional concert productions. The organization is committed to supporting work by young and emerging artists as well as by established innovators.
Roulette also collaborates with other presenters in order to provide opportunities for large-scale works and extended runs. Between 50 and 90 concerts are presented each year, and since 1978 Roulette has presented almost 1000 concerts in its New York facility. Artists represent an extremely broad range of disciplines and backgrounds, a large percentage perform their own work, and nearly all concerts feature world premieres. Programs are chosen in direct response to current activity in the field and with careful consideration toward a balanced, inclusive season. Roulette also assists artists to realize special projects with potential impact on their careers. This is done through the commissioning of new works, encouraging collaborations, and arranging co-presentations in facilities suitable for larger or intermedia works.