MAP Fund: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: MAP Fund offers grants to diverse artists who challenge longstanding social and cultural heirarchies in the United States.

IP TAKE: In its most recent grant cycle, MAP received around 1,000 applications. Grantseekers should expect a good deal of competition here.

PROFILE: The MAP Fund has had an interesting journey. In 1989 the Rockefeller Foundation launched the MAP Fund. From 2001 to 2016, Creative Capital administered the fund. In 2008, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation became its primary funder. In 2010 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation would also become a major financial backer. Finally, in 2016 the MAP Fund officially become an independent nonprofit, partnering with ArtsPool for administrative support.

Throughout this journey, the fund has remained loyal to its mission to “support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance.” The fund is particularly keen on backing artists and works that “question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.”

In the field of dance, MAP unsurprisingly awards grants to diverse artists and productions. For example, Dancers’ Group is a past grantee, for its ARA: Waterways Time Weaves. As well, Li Chiao-Ping Dance was awarded a grant in support of its i-LAND project, a multimedia collaboration between LI Chiao-Ping, a choreographer, and Douglas Rosenberg, a visual artist.

To learn more about the dance projects and productions MAP backs, explore its grantees page.

Grants from MAP typically range from $10,000 to $45,000. The fund has an open submission policy. Deadline dates are subject to change, but often fall toward the end of September for grants disbursed the following year.


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