Funding Opportunity: MAP Fund Application LOI Opens Aug 31

Funding Opportunity

MAP Fund Application LOI

August 31, 2015
Online Letter of Inquiry Registration Opens

September 28, 2015
Online Letter of Inquiry Application Deadline

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry.

MAP is particularly interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.

The program pursues its mission by welcoming the widest range of artistic points of view to apply and employing a comparably wide range of evaluators and panelists in the grant selection process.

The MAP Fund was launched in 1989 by The Rockefeller Foundation to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance. The program exemplified its founders’ efforts to “address issues of cultural difference in the United States and internationally, with an emphasis on Third World cultures,” according to MAP’s original guidelines.

Over the past two decades, in response to evolving notions of cultural diversity, MAP guidelines have gradually broadened to welcome artists exploring issues of class, sexual orientation, gender, generation, faith and other aspects of cultural difference. The encouragement of formal innovation and experimentation as a means of investigation has remained consistent.

Since 1989, the program has disbursed over 20 million dollars to 880 projects in playwriting, choreography, music composition, and ensemble, site-specific, and community-based performance. Projects have been undertaken in every region of the United States as well as internationally, and by conservative estimate have touched over two million audience members.

In 2001, Creative Capital began administering the program and in 2008, theDoris Duke Charitable Foundation became MAP’s primary funder joined by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2010.

August 31, 2015
Online Letter of Inquiry Registration Opens

September 28, 2015
Online Letter of Inquiry Application Deadline

Week of November 9-13, 2015
Notification of Invite for Full Proposal

December 10, 2015
Deadline for Full Proposals (by invite)

April 2016
Final Notification of Panel Results

July 1, 2016 – June 20, 2018
Grant Activities Period

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