2021 Grant Program

Program goals

MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining—and ultimately co-creating—a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP’s programs advance this mission by continually reconsidering how best to distribute resources, in response to current conditions, to ensure a thriving arts and culture field.

The grant program awards $1 million annually in support of original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States.

Funded projects 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 is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and strives to only fund anti-oppressive project language, structures, or content.

2021 strategy and eligibility criteria

Constituent feedback, field conditions, and adaptive practices that center trust, process, and experimentation inform MAP’s 2021 grantmaking strategy. The primary goals are:

  • Minimize artist labor to the greatest degree possible;
  • Support research, practice, development, creation, and rest;
  • Increase artists’ agency by making them the direct recipient of flexible funds;
  • Suspend merit-based peer review for eligible artists who have already demonstrated strong alignment with the program.

To achieve these outcomes, 50 artists (individuals and ensembles) will be selected for funding in a lottery in February 2021. Each grantee will receive a total grant of $25,000, which includes:

  • A $20,000 project grant in support of an artistic study or practice resulting in a performance that will be available to an audience. This portion is intended for time, labor, personnel, and/or materials in connection with activities that can be categorized as research, creation, development, and production of the funded artwork.
  • A $5,000 general operating grant in support of time, labor, personnel, and/or materials in connection with administrative infrastructure for the funded artists.

Grant seekers must satisfy these eligibility criteria:

1) Entrants must be artists (individuals and ensembles) responsible for the overall execution of a performance project that was funded or advanced to the final two rounds of review* in MAP’s 2017-2020 grant cycles.

*If you are unsure, you can quickly check whether your project advanced to the final two rounds of review at this link until January 26, 2021. The grant team will respond via email within 1-2 business days.

2) Artists may submit only one entry form via Submittable for one project. If there are multiple otherwise eligible individual artists/ensembles working on a project, they should choose a representative to submit one entry form.

3) Artists must have been living and working in the U.S. for the past two years.

4) Artists must intend to use the funds to generate a performance project, whether a project previously proposed to MAP that has not premiered or an entirely new project. To read more about guidelines around proposed projects, please refer to the Q&A.

5) If selected, artists must be able to provide one of the following:

a) Social Security Number (SSN),
b) Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or
c) Fiscal sponsor entity or other 501c3 organization that could receive funds for them.

Grant selection process

1) Eligible artists will submit a brief entry form available here by January 28, 2021, which is designed to be completed within 15 minutes or less. Click here to review Submittable’s Accessibility Statement. See a sample of the form at this link.

2) 50 artists (individuals and ensembles) will be selected for funding in the lottery in February 2021.

3) Immediately after notification, the grant team will connect with selected artists to learn more about their project ideas and plans for use of the funds to initiate board approval and structure contracts.

We encourage all potential entrants to review the 2021 Questions & Answers available here and the 2021 Grant Cycle Timeline available here.

Banner: MAP 2020 grantee Flutronix. Photography by Erin Patrice O’Brien. Pictured: Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull.