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Opportunities: The MAP Fund Call for Proposals Deadline: OCTOBER 28, 2016 (USA Only)

Opportunities: The MAP Fund Call for Proposals Deadline: OCTOBER 28, 2016 (USA Only)

The MAP Fund
Call for Proposals
Deadline: OCTOBER 28, 2016
Apply Online

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports 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.

The program pursues its mission by welcoming the widest range of artistic points of view to apply and employing a comparably wide range of evaluators and panelists in the grant selection process.

Open submissions to the MAP Fund are accepted in the first stage of their three-stage review process.

Stage 1: Register on the MAP Fund website for the Online Letter of Inquiry. This is an open call requesting written information about your project and the lead artists involved.

After a review by field evaluators and MAP staff, those proposals that most closely align with the MAP Fund goals are invited to make a full application through email notification.

Stage 2: Full Application (by invitation). Also online, the full application requests a complete project budget, statements from lead artists, and work samples, in addition to the information submitted in the LOI. Full applications are reviewed by field evaluators and, based on these scores, a selection moves forward to the on-site peer panel.

Stage 3: A nationally composed peer panel meets on-site in New York City to review the applications. The panel recommends which proposals will be funded. Final recommendations are subject to approval by the Creative Capital Board of Directors.

MAP FUND REQUIREMENTS

  • Letter of Inquiry and Full Applications must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status (501c3). Unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to MAP through a fiscal sponsor.All applicant organizations must be 501c3s, certified by the IRS for a minimum of two years.
  • Organizations and artists must demonstrate at least 2 years professional experience.
  • MAP supports only projects that contain a live performance.
  • Eligible projects must not have premiered anywhere in the world before the first date of the current grant activities period.
  • The touring or documentation of work that has already premiered is not eligible for funding.
  • Current employees or board members of Creative Capital, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation or the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, or immediate family members of such persons may not apply for a MAP grant.
  • Artists who receive a MAP grant two years in a row are asked to sit out the next year before reapplying.

WHAT THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR

MAP does not support straight adaptations from one medium to another, remounting of past work, traditional re-staging of classic works, educational projects, youth programs that do not achieve as high an artistic standard as competing professional works, festivals, or contests.

ALLOWABLE ACTIVITIES

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.

NUMBER OF AWARDS

Up to 40 grants per annual cycle, ranging from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $25,000.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria, which are weighed equally:

  • How well a project aligns with the MAP Fund’s goal of supporting 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.
  • The artistic strength of the proposed project.
  • The viability of the project, based on the applicant’s professional capabilities as demonstrated in the project narrative, bio and artist statement, and work samples.

FEEDBACK

Feedback is available on a limited basis to applicants who made it through to the panel round only. Information on how to request feedback is provided in the notification letter.

2017 MAP FUND GRANT CYCLE CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016: Online registration opens to begin working on Round One of your MAP Fund application.

OCTOBER 28, 2016: Deadline for Round One of online application. No applications submitted after this date will be considered.

NOVEMBER 14-19, 2016: Email notification to ineligible applicants only.

DECEMBER 19-23, 2016: Email notification of invite for Round Two

FEBRUARY 3, 2017: Deadline for Round Two of online application. No applications submitted after this date will be considered.

APRIL 2017: Notification of panel results

JULY 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2019: Grant activities period

The MAP Fund
Call for Proposals
Deadline: OCTOBER 28, 2016
Apply Online

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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