Arts & Entertainment Districts
COVID-19 Program Updates and Resources
In response to COVID-19, the Maryland State Arts Council convened on March 25, 2020 and approved the following changes for the Arts and Entertainment District Technical Assistant Grant:
1. All match requirements have been suspended until further notice.
2. Funding use restrictions have been alleviated and may be used for any arts-related expense until further notice.
3. Use of FY20 funds may be extended until November 30, 2020 by submitting a request to Steven.Skerritt-Davis@maryland.gov.
Find all other MSAC COVID-19 information here.
At this time, the A&E Technical Assistance Grant Program is closed for FY20. All remaining funds have been allocated to the Emergency Grant Program.
Any submitted grants should reflect programming in the new fiscal year (after July 1) and will not be reviewed until July 2020. As soon as information is available, an update on FY21 funds (beginning July 1) will be provided.
A Structure for Creative Placemaking: Arts & Entertainment Districts
Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts help develop and promote community involvement, tourism, and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises to towns and cities across the State.
A&E Districts Across the State: Creative Places to Explore
Maryland's 28 Arts & Entertainment Districts are unique destinations, each district reflecting the traditions and evolving culture of its community and welcoming residents and visitors to experience the best Maryland has to offer. Explore the map below to see District boundaries and learn more about each District.
Since Maryland became one of the first states to create an A&E Districts program in 2001, 26 districts have been designated, and the state has reaped the innumerable social and economic benefits inherent in creative placemaking projects. The program's most recent economic impact study shows that in fiscal year 2018, events and new businesses in 25 Maryland A&E Districts collectively supported more than $1 billion in state GDP, approximately $72.1 million in state and local tax revenues, and 9,987 jobs that paid more than $320 million in wages.
Maryland counties and municipalities may apply for A&E District designation for specific areas where there is a threshold of arts and entertainment activity and a desire to encourage investment and additional arts activity through the A&E Districts program's tax-related benefits. Deadlines for A&E District applications are April 1 and October 1. Prospective applicants should contact program staff before completing a required Intent to Apply form. Following the Intent To Apply submission, program staff schedule a site visit and consultation to provide technical assistance to the applicant. The prospective district must hold a community hearing, obtain relevant jurisdictions' consent to the tax incentives, and submit an extensive application with the chief elected official's endorsement. Staff and panel review and recommendation precede a final designation determination by the Secretary of Commerce.
A&E District Technical Assistance Grant
Designated Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts may apply to MSAC for one Technical Assistance Grant each year. Applications are accepted quarterly. See the Available Grants Box for deadline information.
Public Art Across Maryland Grant Program
All grantees are required to submit a Final Report communicating data required by the National Endowment for the Arts. This required data can be found here. For program specific Report information, please see the corresponding Guidelines.