Baltimore Symphony among recipients of $30 million in emergency funds from state of Maryland

Posted on: January 19, 2021

“Maryland is doling out $30 million in coronavirus relief to about 90 entertainment venues in the state,” writes Alex Mann in Friday’s (1/15) Baltimore Sun. “Venues slated for relief will receive anywhere from about $72,600, the smallest figure, to more than $484,000 … Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced Friday. Operations in 12 counties and Baltimore are slated for relief.… The list includes entertainment venues, movie theaters and promoters. Peter Kjome, President and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which received funding at the highest level through the emergency relief, said the money will help the organization make up for revenue lost from having to close its physical doors. He added that it will help BSO pay staff and musicians, while supporting the community through its music. The BSO has been resilient during the pandemic, pivoting quickly to online concerts and music lessons, but the virus still dealt a financial blow, Kjome said. ‘We’ve made progress but we’re still fragile.’ … The relief … is part of the state’s more than $700 million in emergency economic effort…. Others that received the money include the Maryland Theater for the Performing Arts … the Strathmore … and Merriweather Post Pavilion.”