What are MAP’s program goals?

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. In particular, MAP is interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.

MAP supports projects that 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.

Is my project eligible for MAP support?  

Take our eligibility quiz to find out if your project is eligible for MAP, and read more about our eligibility requirements here.

Does my project fall within the grant activities period?

Grantees must spend MAP funds on the creation, production, and distribution of the project between July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020. Premieres may occur anytime after July 1, 2018, and do not have to take place within the grant activity period. Final reports will be due August 1, 2020.

Does my project have to premiere inside the United States?

No. However, the MAP Fund aims to support and encourage the performance field in the United States, so it is exceptionally rare that a project that exists entirely outside the U.S. will be funded by MAP.

Can I apply for the same project two years in a row?


What expenses does MAP allow for?

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.

What is the award amount range?

MAP can fund up to 30% of the total project expenses, but grants are generally closer to 25%. Project grants range from $10,000 – $45,000.

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Who should be the primary contact for the grant application process?

This person may be an independent artist or an artistic/executive director, development staff member, or other authorized staff member of the applicant organization.

The primary contact must be the most informed about MAP’s application process, collect all the required materials, submit the application, and manage all subsequent communications with MAP staff.

Can the primary contact have an existing Submittable account (MAP’s online application portal)?


How does the primary contact create a new account in Submittable?

A new Submittable account may be created any time here. Emails may be used only once to create a Submittable account. MAP staff will remove multiple applications for the same project. Please be sure that project’s creative team does not initiate more than one application.

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What is an applicant organization?

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.

Can an artist without nonprofit status apply for a MAP grant?

Yes. 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 (Round Two deadline) 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.

Can a producing or presenting organization apply for more than one project?

Yes. However, the final panel may choose to distribute resources as widely as possible, meaning that they may choose to only support one of the producing or presenting organization’s projects.

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How many applications may an artist be listed on?

There is no limit to the number of applications an artist or ensemble may be listed on. However, the final panel may choose to distribute resources as widely as possible, meaning that they may choose to only support one of the artist or ensemble’s projects.

Do artists and/or ensemble members have to be American citizens?

No. Applicant organizations must be based in the US, but artists and ensemble members are not required to be American citizens.

What does MAP mean by “ensemble”?

MAP defines ensemble as a group of three or more artists who have been co-creating works together for at least 2 years.

Can multiple ensembles apply for one project?


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How should I describe my work samples?

Read about MAP’s work sample requirements for more help.

How many work samples are required?

Applicants must submit two samples total. Applicant can choose to do one of the following:

  • One work-in-progress sample of the proposed project + one sample of a past work
  • Two samples of past work

Can I submit a work-in-progress sample?


Should I send a work sample for my Executive Director, Artistic Director or Music Director if they are not a generative artist on the proposed work?


Should I send promotional materials as work samples?

No. Send only samples of the work itself, without voice-over explanation or promotional editing. Press coverage and/or reviews may not be submitted.

Should I edit my work samples before submitting them?

If you are using continuous edits (i.e. moving between different POVs or viewpoints), those edits are accepted, but edits to different points in time in a piece are not recommended.

Are there restrictions on the age of a work sample?

Yes, samples should be from work created within the last 5 years.

I don’t want my video to be publicly viewed. How do I prevent that?

If you are using Vimeo, you may change your settings to make videos private. Change your YouTube settings to “unlisted.” Please remember to include a password, so that Reviewers can access your materials.

Does MAP accept YouTube videos?


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How does MAP select reviewers and panelists?

MAP employs a new group of peer reviewers and panelists each year who are empowered to recommend the projects they believe most align with our goals through a rigorous evaluation process that is moderated by MAP staff. Read more about this process here.

Can I know who is on the panel?

Panelists’ and Reviewers’ names are announced at the same time the final awardees are announced.

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Does MAP provide feedback for applicants?

Yes. Read more about the feedback process here.

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Still have questions? Send us an email at mapinfo@mapfund.org!