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Maryland Entertainment Venues to Receive $10 Million in Additional Relief Funds

Entertainment venues have been among the industries most affected by the pandemic. While the population stayed safe by enjoying trivia games, movie streaming, and other forms of entertainment from the comfort of their homes, the staff in charge of these venues was forced to deal with a sudden interruption in cash flow. Even when venues started being able to operate again, the limitations placed on said venues meant that many of them were barely making enough to get by.

There were many initiatives around the nation dedicated to helping ease off the financial stress placed upon entertainment venues, intending to make sure these places were able to survive through the pandemic and return to normal operation once restrictions were lifted. As part of that effort, the governor of Maryland announced a new round of relief grants for entertainment venues in the state. A total of 65 venues throughout the state will be receiving funds as part of a $10 million relief plan.

“As we continue to move forward in our recovery, I am proud to announce more support for these entertainment businesses and venues as part of our Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative,” said Governor Larry Hogan in a press release. “These awards protect jobs and preserve important cultural institutions in Maryland communities ready to get back to normal.”

This is only the latest in a series of efforts made to ensure these venues can rebound after the pandemic. The $10 million is being allocated on top of $30 million in relief funds offered for entertainment venues earlier in the year. The relief funds are being administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Live venues that were forced to close down or cancel events and performances due to capacity limitations in response to the pandemic are all qualified for receiving part of these funds. As long as “any previous state or federal assistance was not sufficient to cover the live entertainment venue or promoter’s expenses due to the event’s size or venue”, according to the government’s press release.

“This is a critical recovery resource to help these businesses as they ramp back up their operations,” said Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. “When we can provide quick and direct assistance, we are not solely helping these businesses, we are strengthening the whole community.”

Many important venues in the state will be receiving funding as part of this latest round of relief efforts. Venues impacted include Rams Head Live, Delmarva Shorebirds, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and many more. In total, these relief efforts will impact 49 live entertainment venues and 14 promoters across 12 counties and Baltimore city. A full list of relief awardees is available on the government’s official website, Maryland.gov.

The ultimate hope of government officials is that the latest round of relief funds will help these entertainment venues hit the ground running as they work to get their ventures up to speed after the long period of working under COVID-19 restrictions.

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