The MAP Fund
The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. MAP is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and does not support cultural appropriation or oppressive project language, structures, or content.
The program pursues its mission by annually supporting new live performance projects. Key features of the program are:
- An open submission policy: MAP welcomes applications from artists and organizations committed to the fullest expression of inclusivity, hoping to discover the freshest ideas and practices in the field, thus continuously seeding new growth.
- Panelists and reviewers who are committed to the Fund’s ideals: To review applications, MAP hires artists and arts professionals who have demonstrated their own excellence of craft, leadership, and spirit of generosity to their peers. Their guiding role in MAP award selections allows the program to be responsive to movement in the field, as well as the socio-political movement, rather than to be perscriptive. Reviewers and panelists reflect the range of diversities MAP supports in its grantees (aesthetic, racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, career stage, independent artists, and those connected to institutions).
- A focus on the creative individual: The MAP application centers on the creative process and is designed to let the peer panel hear directly from artists. Core components are the artist’s personally written statement of purpose, biography, and work samples.
- An appreciation of the artist’s process: The MAP Fund’s allowable costs are designed to emphasize process. They include residency costs, research and development expenses, workshop performances, and artist travel and commissioning fees.
- A national presence: MAP believes that inclusivity is critical to the health of the field and is committed to welcoming applications from every state and region in the country.
Amount: A total of $1,000,000 is available to support up to 40 projects with grants ranging $10,000-$45,000.
Eligibility: A tax-exempt nonprofit organization that may be a producing, presenting, fiscal sponsor, or community partner organization. Additional basic eligibility criteria is listed below:
- The proposed project must include the creation, development, and/or the initial presentation of a new, live performance. Requests for project touring or documentation are ineligible.
- MAP does not fund projects retroactively. Works that have been fully realized prior to July 1, 2019 are not eligible. Requested MAP funds must be used for expenses incurred between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021.
- Projects are ineligible if one or more project team members are current employees or board members of MAP Fund or MAP’s funders.
- Projects are ineligible if one or more artistic team members are full-time students. Applicants may be enrolled in a part-time and/or low residency degree program, provided that: 1) The proposed project focuses its public reach beyond the university/college community, and; 2) Project activities do not result in student credit and are not considered part of a required curriculum.
Note: The application period will open on December 3, 2018.
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