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The MAP Fund is 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.
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.
The program pursues its mission by welcoming applications for aesthetically-diverse, live performance projects that operate in dialogue with the current socio-political climate, and by employing a new group of peer reviewers and panelists each year who are empowered to recommend the projects they believe most align with our goals through a rigorous evaluation process that is moderated by MAP staff.
Applying to MAP
Registration opens on September 26th. At that time, you may create an account and begin filling in Round One of your application.
Key Changes to the 2017 Application Process
Applicant organizations may submit on behalf of multiple projects.
An artist may be a “lead” on more than one grant application.
In addition to naming up to three lead artists or ensembles, applicants may now identify a wider creative team (non-lead collaborating artists, community partners, administrative support staff such as independent producers and fundraising consultants, etc.).
Applicants don’t need to edit work samples. They can upload full-length files and simply indicate cue points or page selections.
Applicants can submit work samples via links hosted on Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc.
Of note for independent artists:
Independent artists working with Fiscal Sponsors may initiate their own MAP applications this year. Proof of fiscal sponsorship affiliation will be required only of applicants who are invited to Round Two. NOTE: Fiscal sponsor policies vary greatly. Some will require formal affiliation prior to being named in a Round One MAP application. MAP strongly recommends that independent artists contact their fiscal sponsors to ensure they are meeting all internal requirements, policies, and deadlines.
Of note for fiscal sponsors:
Fiscal sponsors no longer need to initiate MAP applications on behalf of sponsored artists. Artists may self-initiate, and MAP will notify organizations directly if a sponsored artist has been invited to make a full proposal. At that time, the artist will be required to submit a signed letter of affiliation from the fiscal organization before the deadline date of February 4, 2017. Fiscal sponsors may withhold letters of affiliation at their own discretion.
If you have questions about your MAP application, please email email@example.com with a subject line that reflects your concern (ex. “Creative Team” question). This is the best and fastest way to receive thorough responses.
OCTOBER 28, 2016: Deadline for Round One of online application.
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