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).
- 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
- 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.