08/04/2015 MAPstaff

The MAP Fund grant is awarded to nonprofit organizations, as opposed to individuals. However, individual artists and unincorporated ensembles may apply to MAP through a Fiscal Sponsor. Fiscal Sponsorship is a financial arrangement by which a nonprofit organization provides a legal umbrella to an independent artist, making that artist eligible for a greater scope of funding. Sponsorship is usually provided in exchange for a fee from the artists, and often includes a range of other services such as professional development and networking opportunities.

MAP requires that applicants demonstrate a sound and legal arrangement between artists and their fiscal sponsors. A mutually signed contract must be uploaded with the online Letter of Inquiry, which details the specific terms of sponsorship, including the fee structure (if any) and the manner and approximate schedule for the transfer of funds to the artist, in the event that a grant is awarded.


Step 1. Review Sponsorship Requirements

  • Sponsoring organizations must be 501c3s, certified by the IRS for a minimum of two years
  • Organizations must have a history of working with artists in the performing arts field
  • Organizations’ mission and bylaws must contain an explicit policy on fiscal sponsorship for artists

If your organization meets these requirements:

Step 2. Register an account for your organization HERE

Select option 2 to create a sponsor’s account. You must provide your organization’s contact information, services offered, and financial information.

Step 3. Name the artist(s) you will sponsor and upload a contract.

Provide the name(s) of the artist(s) you are sponsoring, assign them a username and password, and upload the mutually signed contract. When this step is completed, the artist(s) you register will then be able to sign themselves in, and fill out an LOI for their project.

Step 4. Review and print each application you are sponsoring.

After the artist has completed the LOI, review and print each application you are sponsoring. We strongly suggest you ask artists to complete their application at least one week before the deadline (SEPTEMBER 28, 2015), so you have ample time to review.

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