MAP’s eligibility criteria is listed below. Applicants can also evaluate their project’s eligibility by taking MAP’s eligibility quiz.

To be considered eligible:

  • The proposed project must include the creation, development, and/or the initial presentation of a new, live performance. 
  • Artists must not have received MAP funding for any project in the past two grant cycles (2018 and 2019). 
  • All requirements from any previous MAP grants, including the submission of final report(s) by their deadline(s), must be completed prior to submitting a 2020 application. Please email if you are unsure whether you have fulfilled all requirements.
  • While individual artists who do not have their own 501(c)(3)s may submit the application, a tax-exempt, United States-based nonprofit organization must be identified in good faith as the entity that will be responsible for receiving and distributing the grant in the event of an award. The organization must have received nonprofit certification before July 1, 2018 and must fall under one of the two following categories: 
    1. The applicant organization is a registered nonprofit organization that has committed to offering creation or producing support, and/or presentation of the proposed project.
    2. The applicant organization is a registered nonprofit organization that offers fiscal sponsorship only, meaning no intent to develop, produce or present the proposed project. 

If awarded a grant, primary contacts will be required to submit the following materials from the project’s applicant organization:

  • IRS Letter of Determination, dated July 1, 2018 or earlier;
  • Most recently completed 990 or audit;
  • EIN number;
  • Name and contact information for a designated signatory;
  • In the case of fiscally sponsored projects, a mutually signed agreement, which indicates that the Sponsee has been informed of the terms of sponsorship, relevant administrative fees, and award distribution processes.
  • Artists and their nonprofit partners are encouraged to self-determine the most beneficial usage of MAP funds, provided that the activities are exclusively connected to the creation, development, and initial distribution of the awarded project. 

If the project proposal is oriented towards any of the following it will be considered ineligible:

  • Requests for an adaptation, re-telling, or re-mounted performance of work that was originally created by other artists, has already premiered, or is considered a “classic” within any cultural context;
  • Requests for a new presentation of existing repertoire;
  • Requests for a “festival,” “season,” “series,” or “performance platform,” which showcases the works of many different artists selected by invitation and/or application to participate;
  • Requests for project touring, documentation, or sound recording;
  • Requests for expenses incurred and/or for works that have been fully realized prior to July 1, 2020; 
  • Requests for projects led by one or more project team members who are current employees or board members of MAP Fund or MAP’s funders;
  • Requests for projects led by one or more artistic team members who are full-time students. 
    • Note: Applicants may be enrolled in a part-time and/or low residency degree program if: 
      • The proposed project focuses its public reach beyond the university/college community, and; 
      • Project activities do not result in student credit and are not considered part of a required curriculum, and/or;
      • Students or youth participating in the proposed project are working alongside professional artists whose intent is to present the work within the professional sphere;
  • Requests for projects that do not have confirmed artistic team members at the time of submitting the application; 


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

Yes. However, MAP does not fund individual artists directly. In the event of a grant, a nonprofit organization must agree to receive and distribute MAP funds to artists who do not have their own 501(c)(3). Artists should check with their state or local arts councils or artist-service organizations in their area to learn about fiscal sponsorship opportunities.

Does my project have to premiere inside the United States?

No. However, the grant 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 a producing or presenting organization apply for more than one project?

Yes. However, reviewers often 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.

Can I apply for the same project more than once?

Yes. However, we recommend that after 3 or 4 unsuccessful submissions, you consider submitting a new project to propose to MAP.

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 reviewers often choose to distribute resources as widely as possible, meaning that they may choose to only support one of the projects an artist or ensemble is listed on.

Do artists and/or ensemble members have to be U.S. citizens?

No. Applicant organizations must be based in the U.S., 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?