MAP Fund Inc

The MAP Fund invests in performing artists and their work as the critical foundation of imagining and co-creating a more equitable and vibrant society.

aka MAP Fund   |   NEW YORK, NY   |  https://mapfund.org/

Mission

The MAP Fund invests in performing artists and their work as the critical foundation of imagining and co-creating a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP is the longest running private funding source for new performance works in the United States and its territories. Since 1989, MAP has championed cultural equity and formal innovation in performance practices with an investment of more than $34 million. Over three decades, thousands of artists have received grants and strategic support for groundbreaking projects that interrogate presumptive cultural norms, challenge entrenched ideologies, and remind us over and over again of our shared humanity.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Moira Brennan

Main address

577 GRAND ST 1801

NEW YORK, NY 10002 USA

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EIN

81-2547838

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MAP recognizes that we operate in a world where inequities based on race, ability, and class are systemic and entrenched. As an organization we commit to the work of undoing those inequities. Our sustained, rigorous dialogue in regards to racial justice within the field of performance and arts philanthropy was initiated at our founding and continues as an organizational touchstone. Examples of our commitment to research and responsiveness include Artist Relief, a national consortium of grantmakers responding to the COVID-19 crisis; the MAP-led Equity in the Panel Room initiative; and MAP’s Scaffolding for Practicing Artists program which helps artists ensure their creative vision and realize their work on their own terms.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MAP Fund Annual Grant Cycle

MAP grants are designed to support the work and well-being of performing artists; applications are welcomed through an open call for applications. Each cycle, 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.

Over three decades, the program has distributed 1,400+ grants to thousands of performing artists who have offered extraordinary ideas, not simply to position themselves within a creative marketplace, but for reasons of participating in their communities’ vitality, across the United States and its territories. MAP grantees are at the forefront of re-imagining inherited models of artistic production, cultural paradigms, and related economic practices. Our seed investment is transformational in helping artists test their bold ideas and attract resources to further actualize their long-term ambitions.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

MAP’s Scaffolding for Practicing Artists (SPA) is a tiered program of support for a national network of artists. SPA’s goals are to increase artists’ feelings of agency in their artistic work/careers and to build a deeper sense of community and belonging. We pursue these goals by providing artists with two kinds of support:

1. Coaching: one-on-one with an experienced advisor over a period of 12 months (up to 7 sessions)
2. Gathering: a follow up, peer-to-peer gathering (in-person or virtual), which includes a $1,000 stipend to offset travel, family care, or salary replacement costs.

The core of MAP SPA is an opportunity for artists to thoughtfully address their artistic methodologies, values, and identities, and to help generate strategies and untangle key challenges in their individual practices.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people, Men and boys

Related Program

MAP Scaffolding for Practicing Artists (SPA)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Artists partner with a coach for up to 8 one-on-one meetings over a period of up to 12 months, creating space for open dialogue about challenges they face, whether immediate or long-term.

Total number of works developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Adults, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Related Program

MAP Fund Annual Grant Cycle

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MAP grants are designed to support the work and well-being of performing artists.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Related Program

MAP Scaffolding for Practicing Artists (SPA)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A 2-day gathering of 5-8 artists who have completed SPA Tier 1 (either in-person or virtual depending on safety conditions and the accessibility needs of participants), moderated by a SPA coach.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Adults, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Related Program

MAP Scaffolding for Practicing Artists (SPA)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A 2-day gathering of 5-8 artists who have completed SPA Tier 1 (either in-person or virtual depending on safety conditions and the accessibility needs of participants), moderated by a SPA coach.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

Related Program

MAP Fund Annual Grant Cycle

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MAP grants are designed to support the work and well-being of performing artists.Over three decades, the program has distributed 1,400+ grants to thousands of performing artists.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Working towards a healthy arts ecosystem and a world where people of all abilities and economic means are free of harm and exclusion.

2. Increasing artist self-empowerment and self-direction.

3. Radical Inclusion, or welcoming any individual's engagement with the program, regardless of any element of their unique identity.


MAP works towards a healthy arts ecosystem by supporting artists and providing resources to traditionally under-represented communities. We aim to help create a world where people of all abilities and economic means are free of harm and exclusion, with an organizational commitment to undoing systemic inequities.

MAP’s goal of increasing artist self-empowerment and self-direction is realized through our commitment to flexibility in the design, implementation, and execution of our programs, especially in the tailored approach of the SPA program. We listen to artists and our work is always in response to the realities of the field. While our programs alone cannot guarantee these ambitious goals, we provide artists with funds and strategies to negotiate the unknown terrain of the present and the future.

MAP values radical inclusion: we welcome any individual’s engagement with the program, regardless of any element of their unique identity, and we strive to remove entrenched barriers to participation. We have achieved progress in this goal through collaborations with communities traditionally underserved by arts funding, through a continuous revisioning of the review format, through a broadening of the review cohort, and through SPA’s diverse coaching team and essential peer learning sessions.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MAP Fund Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Reuben Tomás Roqueñi

Reuben Tomás Roqueñi

Moira Brennan

Adriana Gallego

Meital Waibsnaider

Sixto Wagan

Dejha Carrington

Kim Chan

Craig Peterson

Vanessa Whang

Jawole Zollar

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/5/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.