SBY Arts District provides funding support for creatives impacted by COVID-19

SALISBURY, Md. – Calling all struggling local artists, there’s relief coming in the form of dollar signs thanks to grant funding.

The Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District recently announced a COVID-19 Emergency Grant just over $11,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council.

SBY Arts & Entertainment District Executive Director Jamie Heater tells 47 ABC the art sector has been uniquely impacted by the pandemic, as artists rely on work not covered by unemployment. This includes performers or those who sell fine art.

She adds,  although funds are limited the department wants artists to know they have support right in their own backyard. “It’s not going to replace it all but its meant as a gesture to thank the artist, encourage them to continue on in their art form, and try to make a dent in those loses because we know they’re in our community,” Heater said.

Some of those qualifications include being 18 years or older, being a Wicomico County resident, and participated with the arts district in the past.

The funding isn’t just open to artists, but to non-profits as well.

The deadline to apply is May 31st with awards being announced in June.

To find out more information or to apply, click here

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