Check Your Eligibility

Check Your Eligibility
09/07/2016 Kim Savarino


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.  

Independent artists and ensembles who are invited to Round Two will be required to submit contractual proof of affiliation with their fiscal sponsor.

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 fiscal sponsor they choose.


  • 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 confirmed lead artists.
    • “Lead,” indicates the person or persons who are responsible for leading the overall aesthetic vision of this project. They make guiding decisions about the creation, development, and production of the work.
    • “Confirmed” means that verbal and/or written commitment to the project has been established at the time of this application.
    • If you are producing a work/festival/season and have not yet identified the artists who will make that happen, your project is not eligible for MAP support.
  • Projects that include lead artists who received consecutive MAP grants in 2015 and 2016.
  • 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 premiere before July 1, 2017.
    • “Premiere” means the first public sharing of the 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, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation or the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, or immediate family members of such persons.


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