Maryland music and entertainment venues to receive $30 million in emergency relief
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan has announced $30 million in awards for more than 90 live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters, and independently-owned local movie theaters whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19.
These awards were made to 49 for-profit or non-profit live entertainment venues in 12 counties and Baltimore City, including nightclubs, theaters, and arenas. In addition, 27 independently-owned movie theaters in 11 counties and Baltimore City and 16 live entertainment promoters.
We’re told these funds will support operating and capital costs and will directly help preserve more than 800 jobs at venues such as the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Rams Head Live, Royal Farms Aera, Strathmore, the Senator Theatre, and the Maryland Theatre.
“These awards will save hundreds of jobs and help many of Maryland’s entertainment venues sustain their operations until they can safely and fully reopen,” said Governor Hogan. “While safe and effective vaccines will help bring a return to normalcy and end the damage to our economy, we need to continue to do everything we can to support our small business community.”