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, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation became MAP's primary funder joined by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2010.
Artist must apply in partnership with an organization or must be fiscally sponsored. / The focus is on the artistic process leading to live performance.