MAAF for Individual Artists

Distribution / Exhibition Support

NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm

The goal of MAAF Distribution / Exhibition Support is to ensure completed works are experienced by public audiences. Funds are available for projects, finished during the most recent calendar year, that demonstrate a practical distribution plan, appropriate to the completed work and the intended public context. The successful applicant will submit a detailed distribution strategy and plan, as well as identify intended exhibition venue(s), and audience(s).

  • Funding Available: details to be announced fall 2020
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Notification Date: March
  • Period of Support: 12 Months (March - February)
  • Final Report Deadline: April 30
  • Important Eligibility Notes:
    • Works-in-progress (including works in post-production) are not eligible for Distribution/Exhibition Support. See Completion Support.
    • Distribution plans that entail production at any level, including works that are performative, are not eligible.
    • Applicants may not apply to MAAF Completion and Distribution/Exhibition funds in the same year.
    • Applicants who receive MAAF Completion support may apply for Distribution/Exhibition support of the same project 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.

    2021 Application: Available Fall 2020

    Review Process

    • Applications will be reviewed by Wave Farm staff for eligibility, completeness, and guideline compliance.
    • Eligible applications are then reviewed by a peer panel comprised of NYS media arts professionals.
    • The peer review panel reviews and rates all applications in two primary criteria: 1) Artistic Merit, 2) Service/Outreach to the Public
    • Panel then convenes in February/March to review and rate a top-tier of applications.
    • Panel ratings/recommendations are then reviewed by Wave Farm and NYSCA EMF in March for final determination; funding recommendations are based on panel review ratings.
    • All applications and proposals will be reviewed in a manner consistent with the policies and procedures of the NYSCA Electronic Media/Film program.