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Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund Grant

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

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Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 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. 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:

Requested MAP funds must be used for expenses incurred between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021.

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, 2019.
- “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:

MAP’s 2019 grant application closes on February 15th, 2019 at midnight ET.

Review Process for Eligible Proposals:
December 3, 2018-February 15, 2019: Open call for proposals
- MAP will accept online proposals through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2019. Late proposals will not be not accepted for any reason.
- Approximately 40 projects will be recommended for funding at the end of the review. MAP receives ~800-1000 eligible applications each grant cycle.

February 22-March 21, 2019: Review One
- 50% of the total applicant pool will move to Review Two for further consideration.

March 22-April 11, 2019: Review Two
- 25% of the total applicant pool will move to Review Three for further consideration.
- NOTIFICATION DATE: Reviews One and Two results will be emailed to every applicant on April 12, 2019.

April 12-25, 2019: Review Three
- 10% of the total applicant pool will move to Review Four for final consideration.

April 26-May 10, 2019: Review Four
- MAP staff rank the reviewers’ scores. At the end of Review Four, 40 projects will be recommended for funding.
- NOTIFICATION DATE: Reviews Three and Four results will be emailed to every applicant on May 13, 2019.

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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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
p. 212-226-1677
f. 212-226-7665

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