MAAF for Individual Artists

NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm

2021 Application: To Be Announced

2020 Grantees Announced: Here

For individual artists, the Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF) provides support for the completion, distribution and exhibition of new works in all genres of sound and moving image art, including emergent technology. Grant awards assist artists in completing new work, reaching public audiences, and advance artistic exploration and public engagement in the media arts.

MAAF for Artists Opportunities:

Completion Support
Distribution / Exhibition Support

To Apply

Select the MAAF for Artists opportunity you are applying for from the submenu to the left on desktop, or above on mobile, to access each opportunity-specific guidelines and online application form link.

General Eligibility Notes

  • Applicants may not apply for MAAF Completion Support and MAAF Distribution/Exhibition Support in the same year.
  • Applicants who receive MAAF Completion Support may apply for MAAF Distribution/Exhibition Support in the following year.
  • Applicants who receive DEC support through a local arts council (where funds have originated from NYSCA) may not apply for MAAF Artist support for the same project in the same year.
  • Artists must reside in New York State.
  • Applicants must demonstrate media art to be the core discipline of the submitted work; in order to be eligible for support, cross or multi-disciplinary work must demonstrate media art to be the primary discipline.
  • For the purpose of this grant, in FY2021, MAAF is not able to support the completion or distribution of non-fiction narrative documentary works. See Independent Documentary Association's Grants Directory for Nonfiction Film for listing of funding opportunities.
  • Sound artworks are eligible. Electronic music projects are not eligible.
  • MAAF does not support episodic work, such as a web series or podcast.
  • Requests for previously submitted work in the same category, or repurposed content are not eligible for consideration. Technical advancements to pre-existing content will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Funding may not be used for travel expenses outside of New York State.
  • The applicant must have all rights to distribute and exhibit the work as proposed.
  • Student works are not eligible. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for career artists who may have returned to school for postgraduate work.
  • Works produced on commission, contract, or promotional basis will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?
Applications are submitted electronically through Submittable and must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. EST January 15.
May I submit materials offline?
Unfortunately no. All applications materials must be submitted online.
When will applicants be notified about funding?
Award notification will be sent to all applicants in March.
May I submit more than one application?
No, only one application may be submitted by an artist/collective.
Can my application cover more than one work?
No, an application may consist only of one work, by one artist/collective.
Does this grant support expenses related to travel outside of New York State?
No, it does not. A distribution/exhibition plan at large may include out of state travel, but you must show other income in your budget that meets this expense.
Must my distribution/exhibition plan take place inside New York State?
Gallery and Site-specific proposals must serve New York State audiences. Theatre/Cinema and Online/Broadcast proposals do not have this requirement.
If I am incurring related expenses prior to the notification date, and my project receives support, am I able to allocate funds towards those past expenses?
No. Funding awarded through MAAF must be used to meet eligible expenses incurred during the Grant Period, which follows notification of support.
Is there information available about Past Grantees?
The Distribution/Exibition grant opportunity has been administered by Wave Farm since 2009. Completion Support was added to MAAF Artist opportunities in 2019. MAAF is pleased to have supported the following artists: Zoe Beloff, Annie Berman, Jason Bernagozzi, Danielle Beverly, Melis Birder, Natalie Bookchin, Joan Brooker-Marks, Peter Burr, Blake Carrington, Todd Chandler, Jonathan Cohrs, Joe Diebes, David Dixon, Meredith Drum, Ian Epps, Jessica Feldman, Jim Finn, Adam Frelin, Sabisha Friedberg, David Galbraith, Michael Galinsky (Rumur), Dylan Gauthier, Roy Germano, Volker Goetze, Maximilian Goldfarb, Jacqueline Goss (and Jenny Perlin), Cassandra Guan (and Lily Benson), Tamara Gubernat, Michelle Handelman, Claudia Hart, Robin Hessman, Tali Hinkis (and Kyle Lapidus [LoVid]), Ann Hirsch, Tracie Holder, David Horvitz, Ekene Ijeoma, Shaun Irons (and Lauren Petty), Ken Jacobs, Sawako Kato, Victoria Keddie, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Eli Kezler, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Franziska Lamprecht (eteam), Hank C. Linhart, David Linton, Jeanne Liotta, Simon Liu, Cecilia Lopez, Paul Lovelace (and Jessica Wolfson), Kristin Lucas, Tony Martin, Jillian McDonald, Joseph McKay, Marisa Morán Jahn, John Morton, Erik Moskowitz (and Amanda Trager), ecoarttech (Cary Peppermint and Leila Nadir), Tara Najd Ahmadi, Heidi Neilson, Daniel Neumann (and Juan Betancurth), Tomonari Nishikawa, Elizabeth Orr, Andrea Parkins, Margo Pelletier (and Lisa Thomas), Sue Perlgut, Kris Perry, Jennifer Redfearn, Yoruba Richen, Todd Rohal, Marina Rosenfeld, Efrain Rozas, Amie Siegal, Fern Silva, Philip Stearns, Kimi Takesue, Landon Van Soest, Ian Vanek (Japanther), Laura Vitale, Lance Wakeling, Mary Walling Blackburn, Miao Wang, Julia Weist (and Nestor Siré), Byron Westbrook, Jeremy Young (szilárd), Betty Yu, Nick Yulman, and Caveh Zahedi Please click for more detailed information on funded projects for any of the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.
Is there information available about Panelists?
Wave Farm is grateful to the following individuals who have served as review panelists for MAAF program: Peggy Ahwesh (Artist); Christopher Allen (Executive Director, UnionDocs); Regine Basha (Pioneer Works); Maria Chavez (Artist); John Cleater (Artist); Rebecca Cleman (Distribution Director, Electronic Arts Intermix); Heather Corcoran (Executive Director, Rhizome); Jax Deluca (Squeaky Wheel Buffalo Media Resources); Brian Dewan (Artist); Jon Diernger (Electronic Arts Intermix); Liz Flyntz (Independent Curator); Kathleen Forde (Curator, Time-Based Arts at EMPAC, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center); Iliya Fridman (Fridman Gallery); Max Goldfarb (Artist; Educator, Bard College); Jacqueline Goss (Artist); Carlos Gutiérrez (Cinema Tropical); Julia Kanganskiy (NEW Inc, Nokia Bell Labs); Zachary Kaplan (Rhizome); James N. Kientiz Wilkins (Artist); Nellie Killian (Co-Director, Migrating Forms); Thomas Lail (Artist; Founder, soundBarn; Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts & Broadcast Communications, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY); Andrew Lampert (Artist; Archivist, Anthology Film Archives); Justin Luke (Founder, Audio Visual Arts [AVA]); Stephan Moore (Artist, Independent Curator); Natalia Mount (Executive Director, Red House Arts Center); Aily Nash (Independent Curator); Heidi Neilson (Artist); Calliope Nicholas (Director, FilmColumbia Festival; Residency Director, Millay Colony for the Arts); Keith Obadike (Artist); Marisa Olson (Artist); Lindsay Packard (Artist); Carol Parkinson (Executive Director, Harvestworks); Mark Elijah Rosenberg (Founder and Artistic Director of Rooftop Films); Shannon Sindelar (Managing and Programming Director Ontological Theater, member of 31 Down Radio Theater); Maiko Tanaka (Executive Director, Squeaky Wheel Buffalo Media Resources); Helen Thorington (Co-director Turbulence, a project of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. aka Ether-Ore); C. Spencer Yeh (Artist, Triple Canopy); Emily Zimmerman (Assistant Curator, EMPAC, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).

Contact Information for Questions

Questions regarding your application should be directed to Wave Farm Please note that we will respond in as timely a fashion as possible prior to the deadline, however we recommend that you submit all questions well in advance of the application deadline. Please subscribe to Wave Farm's email list to receive announcements regarding this program as well as general Wave Farm news.

MAAF is made possible through a regrant from the NYSCA Electronic Media/Film program.

For additional NYSCA Individual Artists Grant Opportunities (IND), please see the IND Program: