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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 MAP Fund was established in 1988 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’s
guidelines have gradually broadened to welcome artists exploring issues of race, disability
status, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, generation, religious affiliation and other
aspects of cultural difference. The encouragement of formal innovation and experimentation as
a means of investigation has remained consistent.
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