Funding for Contemporary Arts Performance Projects

Posted by on September 10, 2012

MAP Fund Offers Funding for Contemporary Arts Performance Projects
Deadline: October 17, 2012 (Letters of Inquiry)

Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Creative Capital, the MAP Fund supports artists, ensembles, producers, and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies a spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other aspects of diversity.

Applications must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit 501(c)(3) federal tax status. Unincorporated artists and ensembles may apply through an eligible fiscal sponsor. Organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience.

MAP supports only projects that contain a live performance. Eligible projects must not have premiered anywhere in the world before the first date of the current grant activities period. Touring or documentation of work that has already premiered is not eligible for funding. MAP does not support straight adaptations from one medium to another, remounting of past work, traditional restaging of classic works, educational projects, youth programs that do not achieve as high an artistic standard as competing professional works, festivals, or contests.

MAP awards a total of $1 million annually to up to forty projects. Grants range from $10,000 to $45,000. 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.

Letters of Inquiry will be accepted online beginning September 4, with a deadline of October 17, 2012.

Visit the MAP Fund Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

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