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Professional Development

Professional Development


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 FY20 Professional Development Opportunity Grants:

1. Funding use restrictions have been alleviated and may be used for any arts-related expense until further notice.

2. Use of FY20 funds may be extended until November 30, 2020 by submitting a request to

Find all other MSAC COVID-19 information here. 


At this time, the Professional Development Opportunity 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.


Professional Development Grant 

The purpose of the Professional Development Opportunity Grant Program is to encourage and support relevant professional development opportunities for artists and arts organizations throughout Maryland. The Professional Development Opportunity Grant will assist artists and arts organizations to implement best practices through growth, learning, and discovery for economic sustainability.  

Applying for a Grant 

MSAC will begin accepting applications for the FY21 Application cycle in May. Applications will be available through Smart Simple

FY21 Grant Guidelines

Current Professional Development Opportunities offered through MSAC and our collaborators can be found here.



Emergency Relief Resources
Strategic Programmatic Decisions - Hosted by Elaine Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts