2018 Eligibility Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is an archive of the 2018 grant cycle. MAP will announce the 2019 grant cycle timeline in July 2018. 


  • Take our eligibility quiz to find out if your project is eligible for MAP funding — we highly recommend determining your project’s eligibility prior to creating an application.

This is a grant to support the creation, development, and distribution of an original, live performance-based project that strongly aligns with our program goals.


MAP requires that a United States-based nonprofit organization is affiliated with the project, and is able to receive and distribute the grant. This entity (“applicant organization”) may be a producing, presenting, fiscal sponsor, or community partner organization.  

Applicants are strongly encouraged to research which organization will best support the needs of their project, and are responsible for fulfilling the internal requirements, policies, and deadlines of the applicant organization they choose as a fiscal sponsor.

Independent artists do not need to have a formal relationship with the applicant organization in place in order to apply during Round One. However, if invited to Round Two, they will be required to provide contractual proof of affiliation by February 26, 2018 in the form of a mutually signed Letter of Agreement. Artists should check with their state or local arts councils or artist-service organizations in their area to learn about sponsorship opportunities.


  • Projects that do not contain a live performance component.
  • Traditional stagings of classical or historical works.
  • Projects that adapt an existing work of art to a new form (i.e. bringing a novel or film work to the stage, turning an existing play into an opera, new/unconventional instrumentation for an existing piece of music, etc.).
  • Projects that do not have artistic teams at the time of the proposal.
  • Projects that include artists who received consecutive MAP grants in 2016 and 2017.
  • Projects that are fundamentally educational in nature (e.g. workshops, trainings, student enrichment programs, etc.).
  • Projects that are conceived and led by student or non-professional artists.
  • Projects that are completed or premiere before July 1, 2018.
    • “Premiere” means the first produced live performance that is not a rehearsal, workshop or work-in-progress.
  • Requests for remounting, documentation or touring of previously premiered live performance work.
  • Requests to support organizational operating expenses.
  • Requests to support operational expenses for a festival or a curated series of works.
  • Applicants or artists who are current employees or board members of MAP Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, or immediate family members of such persons.