ANNAPOLIS — The state of Maryland has announced $30 million in awards to help live-music venues, independent movie theaters and other performing arts venues hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eastern Shore awardees include the Mainstay in Rock Hall, which is slated to receive $181,089.
In addition $484,256 was awarded to the Avalon Foundation in Easton; $252,074 to Easton Premier Cinemas; and $288,216 to Flagship Premium Cinemas in Cambridge.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced the COVID help for the venues on Friday, Jan. 15.
The state money is going to more than 90 different Maryland venues and is part of the existing $700 million state economic relief efforts related to the pandemic.
The pandemic has resulted in canceled shows, closed theaters and restrictions on capacities. Those have hit movie theaters, concert and events venues very hard. Some are still closed and have had to cut jobs.
“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,” Hogan said in a statement. “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.”
Other venues receiving the COVID aid include the Rams Head On Stage theater in Annapolis, Merriweather Post Pavilion and the Maryland Renaissance Fair.
The Maryland grants are also going to some concert and events promoters including $484,256 for Live Nation Worldwide Inc. and production companies including $484,256 for Crofton-based Humdinger Productions.