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Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund Grant

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Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund

Deadline Date:

11/25/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and artists for live performance projects. Funding is intended to support original live performances that challenge inherited notions of cultural and social hierarchy in the United States.

The grant 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.

The MAP grant’s allowable costs are designed to emphasize process. They include residency costs, research and development expenses, workshop performances, and artist travel and commissioning fees.

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:

Requested MAP funds must be used for expenses incurred between July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant program welcomes applications from artists and organizations across the U.S. Committed to the fullest expression of inclusivity, we hope to discover the freshest ideas and practices in the field, thus continuously seeding new growth.

To be considered eligible:

- The proposed project must include the creation, development, and/or the initial presentation of a new, live performance.
- Artists must not have received MAP funding for any project in the past two grant cycles (2018 and 2019).

- While individual artists who do not have their own 501(c)(3)s may submit the application, a tax-exempt, United States-based nonprofit organization must be identified in good faith as the entity that will be responsible for receiving and distributing the grant in the event of an award.

The organization must have received nonprofit certification before July 1, 2018 and must fall under one of the two following categories:
- The applicant organization is a registered nonprofit organization that has committed to offering creation or producing support, and/or presentation of the proposed project.
- The applicant organization is a registered nonprofit organization that offers fiscal sponsorship only, meaning no intent to develop, produce or present the proposed project.

If the project proposal is oriented towards any of the following it will be considered ineligible:

- Requests for an adaptation, re-telling, or re-mounted performance of work that was originally created by other artists, has already premiered, or is considered a “classic” within any cultural context;
- Requests for a new presentation of existing repertoire;
- Requests for a “festival,” “season,” “series,” or “performance platform,” which showcases the works of many different artists selected by invitation and/or application to participate;
- Requests for project touring, documentation, or sound recording;
- Requests for expenses incurred and/or for works that have been fully realized prior to July 1, 2020;
- Requests for projects led by one or more project team members who are current employees or board members of MAP Fund or MAP’s funders;
- Requests for projects led by one or more artistic team members who are full-time students.
Note: Applicants may be enrolled in a part-time and/or low residency degree program if:
- The proposed project focuses its public reach beyond the university/college community, and;
- Project activities do not result in student credit and are not considered part of a required curriculum, and/or;
- Students or youth participating in the proposed project are working alongside professional artists whose intent is to present the work within the professional sphere;
- Requests for projects that do not have confirmed artistic team members at the time of submitting the application;

Pre-Application Information:

October 21, 2019-November 25, 2019: Open call for proposals
- MAP will accept online proposals through 7:00 p.m. ET on November 25, 2019. Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted for any reason.

December-January, 2020: Review One
- 3 reviewers (of the 60-person review cohort) are assigned to evaluate each application.
- MAP staff rank the reviewers’ scores. ~50% of the total applicant pool will move to Review Two for further consideration.

January-February, 2020: Review Two
- 3 new reviewers are assigned to evaluate each application, for a total of 6 reviewers who have assessed the proposal.
- MAP staff rank the reviewers’ scores. ~25% of the total applicant pool will move to Review Three for further consideration.
- Notification: Reviews One and Two results will be emailed to every applicant the week of March 2-6, 2020.

March, 2020: Review Three
- 3 new reviewers are assigned to evaluate each application, for a total of 9 reviewers who have assessed the proposal.
- MAP staff rank the reviewers’ scores. ~10% of the total applicant pool will move to Review Four for final consideration.

April, 2020: Review Four
- 5 new reviewers are assigned to evaluate each application, for a total of 14 reviewers who have assessed the proposal.
- MAP staff rank the reviewers’ scores. At the end of Review Four, approximately 40 projects will be recommended for funding.
- Notification date: Reviews Three and Four results will be emailed to every applicant the week of April 6-10, 2020.

Submittable is MAP’s online submission management platform. This is where you’ll find notifications of results, status updates, forms, feedback, and questions. Once you submit your application, you can also see a copy of your archived proposal in the primary contact’s account.

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