Maryland arts, entertainment venues receive $10 million in grants

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ANNAPOLIS — Maryland is awarding $10 million to entertainment venues across the state that struggled during the pandemic, including the Delmarva Shorebirds, The Maryland Theatre and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, among others.

The money will help stabilize businesses that had to shut down or drastically reduce their capacity as COVID-19 surged through Maryland over the past year.

As the state begins to emerge from the pandemic, this money will also help venues prepare for the busier fall arts season, said Nicholas Cohen, the executive director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

“The arts season is a little quiet in the summer. It comes back in the fall,” Cohen said. “What this does is it helps float these venues until then, to really be like, ‘Here we are, we’re back, we’re maybe close to full capacity.'”

The Delmarva Shorebirds hosted the Salem Red Sox for opening day Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.

The additional $10 million in state grants will go to more than 60 venues and organizations in Maryland. The Delmarva Shorebirds, the Baltimore Orioles’ Low-A affiliate based in Salisbury, will receive $244,716 through the grant program.

The Shorebirds took the field in May for the first time since 2019.

Several organizations in Washington County will also benefit:

  • Suite 710, an events venue in Hagerstown: $28,162
  • Washington County Playhouse: $247,039
  • Potomac Playmakers: $9,852
  • The Maryland Theatre: $238,985
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra: $113,638

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