ELIGIBILITY

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 WE 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.