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The MAP Fund

Deadline: October 30, 2017

The MAP Fund was founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape. It supports projects that 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. The program pursues its mission by welcoming aesthetically-diverse, live performance projects that operate in dialogue with the current socio-political climate.

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 evaluators who are committed to the Fund’s ideal of deep inquiry: 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. 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: Annual giving is $1,000,000 to support up to 40 projects with grants generally ranging from $10,000-$45,000.

Eligibility: A tax-exempt nonprofit organization that may be a producing, presenting, fiscal sponsor, or community partner organization. Independent artists or ensembles may apply through a fiscal sponsor. Projects must contain a live performance component, be led by professional artists, and have confirmed lead artists. Projects may not be completed or premiere before July 1, 2018.

Link: https://mapfundblog.org/

Note: The application period will open on September 25, 2017.

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