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Multi-Arts Production Fund

Deadline: September 28, 2015

The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund was launched in 1989 by The Rockefeller Foundation to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance. Over the past two decades, in response to evolving notions of cultural diversity, MAP guidelines have broadened to welcome artists exploring issues of class, sexual orientation, gender, generation, faith, and other aspects of cultural difference. MAP continues to support the encouragement of formal innovation and experimentation as a means of investigation. Currently, MAP is primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, while additional support comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

MAP supports live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. It is particularly interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape. Specifically, MAP supports most direct costs related to the conception, creation, and premiere of a new work. These include but are not limited to commissioning fees and artists’ salaries, research costs, rehearsal and workshop expenses, promotion, and audience outreach and production costs up to and including the premiere run of the work. Projects must contain a live performance and must not have premiered anywhere else in the world before the first date of the current grant activities period.

Eligibility: U.S. organizations that have nonprofit status. Unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply through a fiscal sponsor. Organizations must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience. Artists who receive a MAP grant two years in a row must sit out the next year before reapplying.

Amount: Up to 40 grants per annual cycle, ranging from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $25,000.

Link: http://mapfundblog.org/

Note: The September 28 deadline is for Letters of Interest. If invited, a full proposal will be due December 10, 2015.

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