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Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Artists to Support High-Quality
and Innovative Contemporary Arts Performances

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Foundation / Corporation

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Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund

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Deadline Date:

02/26/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 to USA nonprofits in partnership with artists, ensembles, producers, and presenters of high artistic standard with a history of outstanding work in contemporary performance. Round One applications are due October 30, 2017. Funds may be used to support projects that contain a live performance.

MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. In particular, MAP is interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.

MAP 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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146496

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 40.

Estimated Size of Grant:

MAP awards projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant.

Term of Contract:

The grant activities period is July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020. Premieres may occur anytime after July 1, 2018, and do not have to take place within the grant activity period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MAP requires that a United States-based nonprofit organization is affiliated with the project, and is able to receive and distribute the grant. This entity (“applicant organization”) may be a producing, presenting, fiscal sponsor, or community partner organization.

The MAP Fund aims to support and encourage the performance field in the United States, so it is exceptionally rare that a project that exists entirely outside the U.S. will be funded by MAP.

Applicant organizations must be based in the US, but artists and ensemble members are not required to be American citizens.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to research which organization will best support the needs of their project, and are responsible for fulfilling the internal requirements, policies, and deadlines of the applicant organization they choose as a fiscal sponsor.

Independent artists do not need to have a formal relationship with the applicant organization in place in order to apply during Round One. However, if invited to Round Two, they will be required to provide contractual proof of affiliation by February 3, 2017, in the form of a mutually signed Letter of Agreement. Artists should check with their state or local arts councils or artist-service organizations in their area to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

- Projects that do not contain a live performance component.
- Traditional stagings of classical or historical works.
- Projects that adapt an existing work of art to a new form (i.e. bringing a novel or film work to the stage, turning an existing play into an opera, new/unconventional instrumentation for an existing piece of music, etc.).
- Projects that do not have artistic teams at the time of the proposal.
- Projects that include artists who received consecutive MAP grants in 2016 and 2017.
- Projects that are fundamentally educational in nature (e.g. workshops, trainings, student enrichment programs, etc.).
- Projects that are conceived and led by student or non-professional artists.
- Projects that are completed or premiere before July 1, 2018.
- “Premiere” means the first produced live performance that is not a rehearsal, workshop or work-in-progress.
- Requests for remounting, documentation or touring of previously premiered live performance work.
- Requests to support organizational operating expenses.
- Requests to support operational expenses for a festival or a curated series of works.
- Applicants or artists who are current employees or board members of MAP Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, or immediate family members of such persons.

Pre-Application Information:

The online portal will accept Round One applications through 11:59 p.m. EST on October 30, 2017. Late proposals will not be accepted for any reason. All applicants will be notified of review results by January 26, 2018.

Applicants who are invited to Round Two must submit all requested materials by February 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Late proposals will not be accepted for any reason.

MAP can fund up to 30% of the total project expenses, but grants are generally closer to 25%.

2018 Grant Cycle Calendar

- September 25, 2017: The MAP Fund Round One online application opens.

- October 30, 2017: The MAP Fund Round One online application portal closes at 11:59 pm EST. No applications submitted after this date will be considered.

- January 26, 2018: Email notification of invite for MAP Fund Round Two.

- February 26, 2018: The MAP Fund Round Two online application portal closes at 11:59 pm EST. No applications submitted after this date will be considered.

- April 2018: Notification of Round Two results.

- July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020: Grant activities period.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Multi-Arts Production Fund
73 Spring Street
Ste. 401
New York, NY 10012

Moira Brennan, Executive Director
p. 212-226-1677
f. 212-226-7665

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