From The Map Fund:
“The MAP Fund 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 to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant.
MAP 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.
The key features of the program are:
- An open submission policy: MAP welcomes applications from artists and organizations across the US. Committed to the fullest expression of inclusivity, we hope to discover the freshest ideas and practices in the field, thus continuously seeding new growth.
- Panelists and reviewers who are committed to the Fund’s ideals: To review applications, MAP hires artists and arts professionals who have demonstrated their own excellence of craft, leadership, and spirit of generosity to their peers. Their guiding role in MAP award selections allows the program to be responsive to movement in the field, as well as the socio-political moment, rather than to be prescriptive. MAP invests full authority in reviewers and panelists to interpret the program goals according to that knowledge and expertise, within facilitated conversations. Reviewers and panelists reflect the range of diversities MAP supports in its grantees (aesthetic, racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, career stage, independent artists and those connected to institutions).
- A focus on the creative individual: The MAP application centers on the creative process and is designed to let the peer panel hear directly from artists. Core components are the artist’s personally written statement of purpose, biography, and work samples.
- An appreciation of the artist’s process: The MAP Fund’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 believes that inclusivity is critical to the health of the field and is committed to welcoming applications from every state and region in the country.”
Learn more at The Map Fund’s website