MAP Fund Awards $1.4M to Support 41 Live Performance Projects

2013 MAP Fund Awardee Bang On A Can's roving 12-player Asphalt Orchestra.

2013 MAP Fund Awardee Bang On A Can’s roving 12-player Asphalt Orchestra

The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has announced its 2013 grants. The Fund will underwrite 41 new projects in the disciplines of dance, theater, and music, all works that in some way explore the boundaries of contemporary performance practices.

A panel of peers selected the grantees from more than 800 submissions, and the projects will be supported with grants ranging from $15,000 to $40,000. In addition to project grants, an additional $200,000 total in general operating grants is available to all applicant organizations and artists.

The 2013 grantees include:

Alarm Will Sound, Inc. (NY) for The Hunger, a new opera by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy about the inequities that led to the Great Famine in Ireland which will be performed by Dawn Upshaw and Iarla O’Lionáird with Alarm Will Sound.

Bang On A Can (NY) Bulgarian Asphalt, a new commission for Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, including music by Ivo Papasov and movement by Parker Lutz.

Kronos Quartet (CA) for a new work for string quartet and film in commemoration of the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, created in collaboration between Kronos Quartet and composer Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Providence Productions International, Inc. (CA) for Mediation, a new live performance where pre-recorded sound, video, and text form the basis for improvisational collaboration between lead artists “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Hisao Ihara, and Mary Griffin.

Harlem Stage (NY) for The Idea(s) of Harlem, a song cycle conceived by musician/composer/visual artist STEW, which explores both the reality and myth of Harlem through the lens of writer James Baldwin.

For a complete list of the 2013 grantees, please visit the MAP Fund site.

Harlem Stage receives MAP Funding the year for The Idea(s) of Harlem, a song cycle conceived by musician/composer/visual artist STEW, which explores both the reality and myth of Harlem through the lens of writer James Baldwin.

Harlem Stage receives MAP Funding the year for The Idea(s) of Harlem, a song cycle conceived by musician/composer/visual artist STEW, which explores both the reality and myth of Harlem through the lens of writer James Baldwin.

Panelists who served the MAP Fund this year included Bill Bragin (Director of Public Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York), Don Byron (independent composer, New Jersey), Jess Curtis (choreographer/director, Artistic Director, Jess Curtis/Gravity, San Francisco/Berlin), Cathy Edwards (Director of Programming, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT), Gayle Isa (Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia), Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (Producing Associate, New York Live Arts, Co-Director of anonymous bodies II art colllective, Philadelphia), Tommy Kriegsmann (President, ArKtype, New York), Mark Murphy (Executive Director, REDCAT, Los Angeles), and Susan Narucki (soprano and professor of music, University of California at San Diego).

The MAP Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program, which was established by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988, has supported innovation and cross-cultural exploration in theater, dance, and music for more than two decades. To date, MAP has disbursed over $24 million dollars to over 1,000 projects. Since 2001, the program has been administered by Creative Capital, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1999 which is dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

(-from the press release)

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