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Opportunities: The MAP Grant (USA)

Opportunities: The MAP Grant (USA)

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.

Monday, September 9, 2013:
Online Letter of Inquiry Application Open

Friday, October 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EST:
Online Letter of Inquiry Application Deadline

Week of November 4, 2013:
Notification of Invite for Full Proposal

Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:00 PM EST:
Deadline for Full Proposals (by invite)

March 2014:
Final Notification of Panel Results

July 1st, 2014 through June 31st, 2016:
Grant Activities Period

How to Apply

Open submissions to the MAP Fund are accepted in the first stage of our 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 MAP staff 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.

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 experimentation and innovation in all traditions and disciplines of live performance, especially work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity
  • 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.

Eligibility 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. Learn More About Fiscal Sponsorship.

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 (see Application Calendar box).

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.


MAP does not support straight adaptations from one medium to another, remounting of past work, traditional restaging 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.

Panelists and Evaluators

The MAP Fund is adjudicated by artists and arts professionals, as well as by members of the MAP Fund staff. Panelists and evaluators are paid a small stipend.

Panel recommendations are subject to approval by the Creative Capital board of directors.

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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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