New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm:

MAAF FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Conferences and Convening
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
Organizational Development
Professional Development

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ABOUT MAAF FOR ORGANIZATIONS

For organizations, the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF) provides funds to hire outside consultants to support organizational and professional development, as well as supports peer-to-peer mentoring and convening and conference attendance. Eligible organizations have missions specific to the media arts, dedicate the majority of their programming to technology as an art form, and are current NYSCA grantees. Priority will be given to NYSCA Electronic Media and Film grantees, applications from multi-disciplinary organizations, which incorporate technology as an art form will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

MAAF is made possible through a regrant from the NYSCA Electronic Media and Film program. Applicants who have questions regarding eligibility are encouraged to contact Wave Farm at info@wavefarm.org after reading the guidelines in detail.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY NOTES

  • Meals and hospitality are not eligible for MAAF support.
  • Travel outside of New York State is not eligible for MAAF support.
  • Conferences and Convening – for MAAF Organizations

    MAAF Conferences and Convening supports staff and sponsored artist attendance at New York State conferences and festivals. Organizations may apply for $500 toward registration fees and in state travel expenses. MAAF also provides support for organizations to initiate and host convenings on topics relevant to the field. *Organizations interested in this opportunity should contact info@wavefarm.org for more information, including maximum funding details.

  • Funding Available: $500 maximum*
  • Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1
  • Notification: Typically within 30 days
  • Period of Support: Determined by applicant, within a 12-month period
  • Final Report Deadline: 60 days following support period end-date

  • Important Eligibility Notes:
  • Eligible organizations are current NYSCA Grantees
  • Registration fees for conferences and travel outside of New York State are not eligible for support
  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring – for MAAF Organizations

    As we know, technology is an ever-evolving event that challenges our capacity to meet the benefits of its creative potential. And often, there is no greater benefit than learning from our peers. The MAAF Peer-to-Peer Mentoring opportunity encourages organizational staff to travel, site visit, see what others are doing, and how they are talking about it. Funding supports travel expenses related to a professional visit to a peer media arts organization anywhere in New York State as well as a mentoring fee to the host organization.

  • Funding Available: Applicant organization receives travel subsidy based on distance, travel time, and mode of transportation. Mentor organization receives a $250 host fee
  • Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1
  • Notification: Typically within 30 days
  • Period of Support: Determined by applicant, within a 12-month period
  • Final Report Deadline: 60 days following support period end-date

  • Important Eligibility Notes:
  • Eligible organizations are current NYSCA Grantees
  • Organizational Development – for MAAF Organizations

    The MAAF Organizational Development opportunity enables organizations to hire consultants for the evaluation and assessment of organizational programs, administration, and operations, as well as planning for sustainability and growth. Funds are available for consultant fees for strategic planning, board development, staff retreats, succession planning, and preservation planning.

  • Funding Available: $4,000 maximum
  • Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1
  • Notification: Typically within 30 days
  • Period of Support: Determined by applicant, within a 12-month period
  • Final Report Deadline: 60 days following support period end-date

  • Important Eligibility Notes:
  • Eligible organizations are current NYSCA Grantees
  • Project-based or operational support for consultants such as grant writing, hands-on fundraising, website management, or other activities such as side-by-side staff support, which may be considered staff positions are not eligible
  • Professional Development – for MAAF Organizations

    The MAAF Professional Development opportunity builds knowledge and technical expertise of media arts organizational staff and Board members to advance organizational goals and sustainability. Support is available for fees or services relating to individual staff/board or group training and education, including grant writing skills.

  • Funding Available: $4,000 maximum
  • Application Deadlines: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1
  • Notification: Typically within 30 days
  • Period of Support: Determined by applicant, within a 12-month period
  • Final Report Deadline: 60 days following support period end-date

  • Important Eligibility Notes:
  • Eligible organizations are current NYSCA Grantees
  • APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Wave Farm uses the online platform Submittable for the MAAF Artists application submission process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully and comprehensively read the information below before submitting an application. Please contact Wave Farm at info@wavefarm.org with questions.

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    Once you have registered with Submittable, you will have access to the online submission form. A PDF preview of the application form is available here.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    How many times a year can an organization apply for support?
    Organizations are eligible for support in the Development categories, once each fiscal year. Requests for New York State conference attendance are exempt from this restriction. Past grantees are not eligible to reapply until their most recently funded project is complete and their Final Report is submitted.
    Is there information available about Past Grantees?
    Administered by Wave Farm since 2011, MAAF is pleased to have supported the following organizations: African Voices Communications, Inc., Allied Productions, Inc., American Documentary, Inc., American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, American Museum of the Moving Image, Anthology Film Archives, Art Mission and Theater, Art Radio International, Inc. (dba: Clocktower Productions), AUDIENCE Inc., Audio Visual Arts (AVA), Burchfield Penney Art Center, Camera News, Inc. dba Third World Newsreel, Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc., Capitol Civic Center Inc. (Rome Capitol Theatre), Center for Holographic Arts, Center for New American Media, Inc., Chicken & Egg Pictures, Cinema Tropical Inc., Columbia County Council on the Arts, Complicated, Inc., CultureHub, Inc., Dance Films Association, Inc., Dance Works, Inc., Deep Dish TV, Dia Art Foundation, Downtown Community Television Center, Inc., Electronic Arts Intermix, Experimental Television Center Ltd., Eyebeam Atelier, Inc., Film Forum, Inc., Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College, Fractured Atlas (Basilica Arts Inc.), Fractured Atlas (Rural Route Films), Games for Change, Global Action Project, Grand Street Community Arts (GSCA), Harvestworks, Inc., Harvestworks, Inc. (AUDIENCE Inc.), Havana Film Festival NY, Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station, Independent Media Arts Preservation, Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), Laboratory for Icon & Idiom, Light in Winter, Light Industry, Little Theatre, Maysles Institute, dba Maysles Documentary Center, Media Alliance Inc., Millenium Film Workshop, MoMA, Mono No Aware, Museum of the Moving Image, National Black Programming Consortium, New American Cinema Group -- Filmmakers Cooperative, New Community Cinema Club, Inc., New York Film/Video Council, New York International Children's Film Festival, New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival, Inc., New York Women in Film and Television, Outpost Artists Resources, Inc., Paper Tiger TV, Rhizome Communications Inc., Rivertown Film Society, Inc., Rooftop Films (for Basilica Hudson), Rooftop Films, Inc., Roulette Intermedium, Inc., Saratoga Film Forum, Signal Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Spark Media Project, Squeaky Wheel (Buffalo Media Resources, Inc.), Standby Program, Inc., The Black TV & Film Collective, The Brooklyn FilmShop Inc., The Brooklyn Rail, The Picture House Regional Film Center, Time and Space Limited, Tribeca Film Institute, UnionDocs, Inc., United Palace of Cultural Arts, Upstate Independent Filmmakers Network, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, WNY Performance Center, Inc., Women Make Movies.

    CONTACT INFORMATION FOR QUESTIONS

    Questions regarding your application should be directed to Wave Farm info@wavefarm.org. 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.

    FINAL REPORT FORMS FOR CURRENT GRANTEES:

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