Maryland governor Larry Hogan announced last week that $30 million in awards will be granted to more than 90 live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters, and independently-owned local movie theaters around the state whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. The announcement comes in a press release from the governor's office and is part of a larger economic relief package that grants more that $700 million in emergency funds provided by the State of Maryland.
“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 in the press release. “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.”
The press release states that the funds have been granted to "49 for-profit or nonprofit live entertainment venues in 12 counties and Baltimore City, including nightclubs, theaters, and arenas; 27 independently-owned movie theaters in 11 counties and Baltimore City; and 16 live entertainment promoters."
Feature Photo: Merriweather Post Pavilion in Howard County, Maryland is one of the venues that will benefit from the relief package (Photo Credit: Howard County Government)