MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining—and ultimately co-creating—a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP awards $1 million annually, historically to around 45 projects in the range of $10,000–$45,000 per grant. In 2020, MAP awarded $1.3 million in grants to 171 performing artists and arts organizations, more than four times the usual number of grantees.

The grant supports 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 does not support cultural appropriation or oppressive project language, structures, or content.

The program pursues its mission by annually welcoming applications for new live performance projects. Each year, MAP hires a different cohort of peer reviewers who recommend the projects they believe most align with MAP’s goals through a rigorous, facilitated review process.


To learn more about MAP’s 2020 Application, including section tips and FAQs, please read the 2020 Applicant Guide.

  • An open submission policy: The grant program welcomes applications from artists and organizations across the U.S. Committed to the fullest expression of inclusivity, we hope to discover the freshest ideas and practices in the field, thus continuously seeding new growth.
  • A focus on the creative individual: The grant application centers on the creative process and is designed to let the peer review cohort hear directly from artists. Core components are the artist’s written statement of purpose, biography, and work samples.
  • An appreciation of the artist’s process: The MAP grant’s allowable costs are designed to emphasize process. They include residency costs, research and development expenses, workshop performances, and artist travel and commissioning fees.
  • A national presence: MAP is committed to welcoming applications from every state and region in the country.
  • A commitment to draft support and feedback: MAP’s grantmaking staff offers support for applicants prior to submission in the form of a draft review dialogue. Additionally, at the conclusion of the grant cycle, MAP offers feedback to declined applicants about how their work was received.
  • Reviewers who are devoted to MAP’s ideals: MAP’s approach to grantmaking foregrounds anti-oppressive, collective decision-making. The organization hires artists and arts professionals whose notions of aesthetic inquiry, social paradigm and cultural hierarchy widely vary. Reviewers rotate annually so that, over time, a growing number of individuals participate in MAP’s resource distribution process. MAP receives nominations from the field year-round, and selects each new cohort from among those nominations. The reviewers’ guiding role in grant selections allows the program to respond to movements in the field, as well as the socio-political moment, rather than be prescriptive. MAP invests full authority in reviewers to interpret the program’s goals according to their knowledge and expertise, within facilitated cohort conversations. Reviewers are paid an honorarium for approximately 45 hours of service. The reviewer cohort works anonymously in the course of grant selections, and their names are shared at the time of the grantee announcements.

To learn more about MAP’s reviewer requirements, including the scoring rubric used to evaluate applications, please read the 2020 Reviewer Guide.